1 [intransitive, transitive] to get a degree, especially your first degree, from a university or college graduate (in something) Only three students graduated in Czech studies last year. graduate (from…) She graduated from Harvard this year. He graduated from York with a degree in Psychology. graduate something (North American English) She graduated college last year.2 [intransitive, transitive] (North American English) to complete a course in education, especially at high school graduate (from…) Martha graduated from high school two years ago. graduate something Martha graduated high school two years ago.3 [transitive] graduate somebody (from something) (North American English) to give a degree, diploma, etc. to somebody The college graduated 50 students last year.