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Definition of "graduate" []

  • To be granted an academic degree or diploma: Two thirds of the entering freshmen stayed to graduate. (verb-intransitive)
  • To change gradually or by degrees. (verb-intransitive)
  • To advance to a new level of skill, achievement, or activity: After a summer of diving instruction, they had all graduated to back flips. (verb-intransitive)
  • To grant an academic degree or diploma to: The teachers hope to graduate her this spring. (verb-transitive)
  • Usage Problem To receive an academic degree from. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "graduate" in a sentence
  • "I might add, in the health law, they did do some reconfiguration of what they call the graduate medical education slots."
  • "The Mexican graduate is already a specialist but by U.S. standards is poorly educated."
  • "The U.S. graduate is much better educated, but not nearly as proficient in his chosen profession."