graduate: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (n., adj.graj'-it, -āt"v.graj'-āt"), [key]
— n., adj., v., -at•ed, -at•ing.
- a person who has received a degree or diploma on completing a course of study, as in a university, college, or school.
- a student who holds the bachelor's or the first professional degree and is studying for an advanced degree.
- a cylindrical or tapering graduated container, used for measuring.
- of, pertaining to, or involved in academic study beyond the first or bachelor's degree: graduate courses in business; a graduate student.
- having an academic degree or diploma: a graduate engineer.
- to receive a degree or diploma on completing a course of study (often fol. by from): She graduated from college in 1985.
- to pass by degrees; change gradually.
- to confer a degree upon, or to grant a diploma to, at the close of a course of study, as in a university, college, or school: Cornell graduated eighty students with honors.
- to receive a degree or diploma from: She graduated college in 1950.
- to arrange in grades or gradations; establish gradation in.
- to divide into or mark with degrees or other divisions, as the scale of a thermometer.
- graduate (Thesaurus)