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Definition of graduate noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    graduate

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈɡrædʒuət//
     
    (informal grad)
     
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  1. 1 a person who has a college or university degree a graduate of Yale/a Yale graduate a graduate student/course (= for students doing further study after their first degree)
  2. 2 a person who has completed their studies at a school a high school graduate More Aboutstudents A student is a person who is studying at a school, college, university, etc. An undergraduate is a student who is studying for their first degree at a university or college. Graduate is usually used with another noun and can describe a person who has completed a first degree at a university or college, or a person who has finished high school:a college graduate a high school graduate A graduate student is a person who has finished a first degree and is doing advanced study or research.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: graduate