American English

Definition of graduate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they graduate
    he / she / it graduates
    past simple graduated
    -ing form graduating
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to get a degree, especially your first degree, from a college or university graduate (from…) She graduated from Harvard this year. He graduated from Amherst with a degree in psychology. graduate something She graduated college last year.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] 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. 3[transitive] graduate somebody (from something) to give a degree, diploma, etc. to someone The college graduated 50 students last year.
  4. 4[intransitive] graduate (from something) to something to start doing something more difficult or important than what you were doing before She recently graduated from being a dancer to having a small role in a movie. Topic CollocationsEducationlearning acquire/get/lack experience/training/(an) education receive/provide somebody with training develop/design/plan a curriculum/course/program/syllabus give/go to/attend a class/lesson/lecture/seminar hold/run/conduct a class/seminar/workshop moderate/lead/facilitate a discussion sign up for/take a course/classes/lessonsschool go to/start preschool/kindergarten/nursery school be in the first, second, etc. grade (at school) study/take/drop history/chemistry/German, etc. finish/drop out of/quit school graduate from high school/collegeproblems at school be the victim/target of bullying/teasing skip/cut/ (informal) ditch class/school cheat on an exam/a test get/be given a detention (for doing something) be expelled from/be suspended from schoolwork and exams do your homework/a project on something work on/write/do/submit an essay/a dissertation/a thesis/an assignment/a paper finish/complete your dissertation/thesis/studies hand in/turn in your homework/essay/assignment/paper study/prepare/review/ (informal) cram for a test/an exam take/ (formal) sit for a test/an exam grade homework/a test do well on/ (informal) ace a test/an exam pass/fail/ (informal) flunk a test/an exam/a class/a course/a subjectcollege apply to/get into/go to/start college leave/graduate from college (with a degree in computer science)/law school study for/work towards a law degree/a degree in physics major/minor in biology/philosophy earn/receive/be awarded/get/have/hold a master's degree/a bachelor's degree/a Ph.D. in economics
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