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

     

    graduate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrædʒueɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrædʒueɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they graduate
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrædʒueɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrædʒueɪt//
     
    he / she / it graduates
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrædʒueɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrædʒueɪts//
     
    past simple graduated
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrædʒueɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrædʒueɪtɪd//
     
    past participle graduated
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrædʒueɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrædʒueɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form graduating
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrædʒueɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrædʒueɪtɪŋ//
     
    University life, Exams and degrees
     
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  1. 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. Wordfinderdegree, dissertation, education, graduate, hall of residence, lecture, major, seminar, tutorial, university Wordfindercourse, distance learning, education, exam, further education, graduate, higher education, qualification, study, tertiary See related entries: University life, Exams and degrees
  2. 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. See related entries: Exams and degrees
  3. 3[transitive] graduate somebody (from something) (North American English) to give a degree, diploma, etc. to somebody The college graduated 50 students last year. See related entries: Exams and degrees
  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.
  5. CollocationsEducationLearning acquire/​get/​lack (an) education/​training/(British English) (some) qualifications receive/​provide somebody with training/​tuition develop/​design/​plan a curriculum/(especially British English) course/(North American English) program/​syllabus give/​go to/​attend a class/​lesson/​lecture/​seminar hold/​run/​conduct a class/​seminar/​workshop sign up for/​take a course/​classes/​lessonsSchool go to/​start preschool/​kindergarten/​nursery school be in the first, second, etc. (North American English) grade/(especially British English) year (at school) study/​take/​drop history/​chemistry/​German, etc. (British English) leave/​finish/​drop out of/ (North American English) quit school (North American English) graduate high school/​collegeProblems at school be the victim/​target of bullying (British English) play truant from/ (both British English, informal) bunk off/​skive off school (= not go to school when you should) (both especially North American English) skip/​cut class/​school (British English) cheat in/(North American English) 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/(British English) revision/​a project on something work on/​write/​do/​submit an essay/​a dissertation/​a thesis/​an assignment/(North American English) a paper finish/​complete your dissertation/​thesis/​studies/​coursework hand in/ (North American English) turn in your homework/​essay/​assignment/​paper study/​prepare/ (British English) revise/ (North American English) review/ (North American English, informal) cram for a test/​an exam take/ (both British English) do/​sit a test/​an exam (especially British English) mark/ (especially North American English) grade homework/​a test (British English) do well in/ (North American English) do well on/ (informal, especially North American English) ace a test/​an exam pass/​fail/ (informal, especially North American English) flunk a test/​an exam/​a class/​a course/​a subjectUniversity apply to/​get into/​go to/​start college/(British English) university leave/​graduate from law school/​college/(British English) university (with a degree in computer science) study for/​take/ (British English) do/​complete a law degree/​a degree in physics (both North American English) major/​minor in biology/​philosophy earn/​receive/​be awarded/​get/​have/​hold a master’s degree/​a bachelor’s degree/​a PhD in economics More Like This Pronunciation changes by part of speech abuse, alternate, advocate, approximate, contract, converse, convict, decrease, delegate, discount, duplicate, estimate, export, extract, graduate, import, intimate, moderate, object, permit, present, protest, record, refund, refuse, subject, suspect, survey, torment, upgradeSee worksheet. Word Origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin graduat- ‘graduated’, from graduare ‘take a degree’, from Latin gradus ‘degree, step’.Extra examples He graduated with first-class honours in History. Only thirty students graduated in Chinese last year. She graduated from Bristol University in 2005. She taught in France after graduating.
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