Definition of graduate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡrædʒuət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrædʒuət//
    (informal grad especially in North American English) University life, People in schools, University people, School life
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  1. 1graduate (in something) a person who has a university degree a graduate in history a science graduate a graduate of Yale/a Yale graduate a graduate student/course See related entries: University life, University people
  2. 2(North American English) a person who has completed their school studies a high school graduate See related entries: People in schools, School life
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin graduat- ‘graduated’, from graduare ‘take a degree’, from Latin gradus ‘degree, step’. 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. In British English, a graduate is a person who has completed a first degree at a university or college. In North American English graduate is usually used with another noun and can also apply to a person who has finished high school:a high school graduate a graduate student. A postgraduate is a person who has finished a first degree and is doing advanced study or research. This is the usual term in British English, but it is formal in North American English and graduate student is usually used instead.Extra examples She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The company places great importance on graduate recruitment and training. a graduate in sociology job opportunities for university graduates high school graduates
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