- 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 graduated cylinder, used for measuring.
- of, relating 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.
verb (used without object), grad·u·at·ed, grad·u·at·ing.
- to receive a degree or diploma on completing a course of study (often followed by from): She graduated from college in 1985.
- to pass by degrees; change gradually.
verb (used with object), grad·u·at·ed, grad·u·at·ing.
- 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.
- Informal. 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.
- a person who has been awarded a first degree from a university or college
- (as modifier)a graduate profession
- US and Canadian a student who has completed a course of studies at a high school and received a diploma
- US a container, such as a flask, marked to indicate its capacity
- to receive or cause to receive a degree or diploma
- (tr) mainly US and Canadian to confer a degree, diploma, etc upon
- (tr) to mark (a thermometer, flask, etc) with units of measurement; calibrate
- (tr) to arrange or sort into groups according to type, quality, etc
- (intr often foll by to) to change by degrees (from something to something else)
v.early 15c., “to confer a university degree upon,” from Medieval Latin graduatus (see graduate (n.)). Intransitive sense from 1807. Related: Graduated; graduating. n.early 15c., “one who holds a degree” (with man; as a stand-alone noun from mid-15c.), from Medieval Latin graduatus, past participle of graduari “to take a degree,” from Latin gradus “step, grade” (see grade). As an adjective, from late 15c.