• WordNet 3.6
    • adj graduate of or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree "graduate courses"
    • v graduate make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring "calibrate an instrument","graduate a cylinder"
    • v graduate confer an academic degree upon "This school graduates 2,000 students each year"
    • v graduate receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies "She graduated in 1990"
    • n graduate a measuring instrument for measuring fluid volume; a glass container (cup or cylinder or flask) whose sides are marked with or divided into amounts
    • n graduate a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average American kid will eat approximately 1.500 peanut butter sandwiches by high school graduation
    • Graduate A graduated cup, tube, flask, or cylinder; a glass measuring container used by apothecaries and chemists. See under Graduated.
    • a Graduate Arranged by successive steps or degrees; graduated. "Beginning with the genus, passing through all the graduate and subordinate stages."
    • Graduate One who has received an academical or professional degree; one who has completed the prescribed course of study in any school or institution of learning.
    • Graduate To admit or elevate to a certain grade or degree; esp., in a college or university, to admit, at the close of the course, to an honorable standing defined by a diploma; as, he was graduated at Yale College.
    • Graduate (Chem) To bring to a certain degree of consistency, by evaporation, as a fluid.
    • Graduate To mark with degrees; to divide into regular steps, grades, or intervals, as the scale of a thermometer, a scheme of punishment or rewards, etc.
    • Graduate To pass by degrees; to change gradually; to shade off; as, sandstone which graduates into gneiss; carnelian sometimes graduates into quartz.
    • Graduate To prepare gradually; to arrange, temper, or modify by degrees or to a certain degree; to determine the degrees of; as, to graduate the heat of an oven. "Dyers advance and graduate their colors with salts."
    • Graduate To take a degree in a college or university; to become a graduate; to receive a diploma. "He graduated at Oxford.""He was brought to their bar and asked where he had graduated ."
    • Graduate (Zoöl) To taper, as the tail of certain birds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average child will eat 1,500 PB sandwiches by high school graduation.
    • graduate To mark with degrees, regular intervals, or divisions; divide into small regular distances: as, to graduate a thermometer, a scale, etc.
    • graduate To arrange or place in a series of grades or gradations; establish gradation in: as, to graduate punishment.
    • graduate To confer a degree upon at the close of a course of study, as a student in a college or university; certify by diploma, after examination, the attainment of a certain grade of learning by: as, he was graduated A. B., and afterward A. M.
    • graduate To prepare gradually; temper or modify by degrees.
    • graduate To raise to a higher degree, as of fineness, consistency, etc.: as, to graduate brine by evaporation.
    • graduate To pass by degrees; change or pass gradually.
    • graduate To receive a degree from a college or university, after examination in a course of study; be graduated.
    • graduate Arranged in successive steps or degrees; graduated.
    • graduate Having received a degree; having been graduated: as, a graduate student.
    • n graduate One who has been admitted to a degree in a college or university, or by some professional incorporated society, after examination.
    • n graduate A graduated glass vessel used for measuring liquids, as by chemists, apothecaries, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Portion of Harvard students who graduate with honors: 4/5
    • v.t Graduate to divide into regular intervals: to mark with degrees: to proportion
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  • Herbert True
    Herbert True
    “One half who graduate from college never read another book.”
  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.”
  • Robert M. Hutchins
    Robert M. Hutchins
    “The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “I just graduated and already I'm way behind.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If nobody dropped out of eighth grade, who would hire the college graduates?”
  • Newton D. Baker
    Newton D. Baker
    “The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. graduatus, p. p. of graduare to admit to a degree, fr. L. gradus, grade. See Grade (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. gradus, a step—gradi, to step.


In literature:

Landon was graduated from the literary department in 1861.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Such are the literary accomplishments of numberless university graduates, and it is small wonder that they often lead to the workhouse.
"The Curse of Education" by Harold E. Gorst
The two tall wooden posts are graduated.
"Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook" by Maria Montessori
The student graduates either "in Honors" or "in the Poll.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
They may enter the post-graduate department of Yale and receive its degrees.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
After graduating from college, young Coolidge returned to the farm and worked all summer.
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
Rutland Snowden, who graduated B.A.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
Carol had graduated the week before.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
As the time was nearing for my graduation, I was deeply worried about my Commencement suit.
"Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt" by William James Edwards
He is the representative also of the forest school from which he graduates, and of his profession.
"The Training of a Forester" by Gifford Pinchot

In poetry:

A Solon ponders till his Years are great
On Sway of Power and Magnitude of State,
Then in his Age he leaves the Questions to
The Wisdom of the Sweet Girl Graduate.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
I checked out for the last time
on the first of May;
graduate of the mental cases,
with my analysts's okay,
my complete book of rhymes,
my typewriter and my suitcases.
"The Double Image" by Anne Sexton
A graduate you've just been made,
And lately passed the Mitred Head;
I trust, by the Blest Spirit, led,
And Shepherd's care:
And not a wolf, in sheepskin clad,
As numbers are.
"Epistle To A Young Clergyman" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Come, pretty school girl! lay your books aside;
Yes graduate tomorrow — tomorrow be my bride;
My fortune share,
And reign queen there,
In the little white cottage on Evergreen Square.
"Come, Pretty School-Girl!" by Henry Clay Work
It was a sweet girl-graduate, her years were thirty two;
Her brow was intellectual, her whole appearance blue;
Her dress was mediaeval, and, as if by way of charm,
Six volumes strapped together she was bearing 'neath her arm.
"Atheletes And Aesthesis" by E W Bowling
Who knows this ancient graduate of fourscore years and ten,--
What place he held, what name he bore among the sons of men?
So speeds the curious question; its answer travels slow;
"'T is the last of sixty classmates of seventy years ago."
"The Last Survivor" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, graduates of highly competitive full-time MBA programs are better compensated in their first jobs than those who graduate from less competitive programs.
Ann Gray, a 2012 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University Graduate School, recently was named associate director of the Graduate School.
Many college students are facing graduation in the spring, and they're wondering if they should continue their education with graduate school or step out into this uncertain job market.
When Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Thomas Pollard asked directors of graduate studies for data about their programs last fall, department leaders saw red flags.
A Dallas High School senior can attend graduation ceremonies and parties but must stay away from fellow graduates who are witnesses to an alleged assault last month.
During Tuesday's ceremony, the graduates and family members heard from Audrey Jarrell, a graduate of a similar program through Durham Tech.
Isabella Bank employees graduate from Graduate School of Banking.
Every year during the fall semester, I receive hundreds of e-mails from eager students inquiring about graduate school at Penn's Graduate School of Education.
CULLMAN — Bradley Dax Scott, a 2003 graduate of Cullman High School and a 2008 graduate of the University of Alabama, has recently graduated from the LSU Paul M Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge, La.
The ceremony included pomp and circumstance as well as speeches and musical selections, all geared toward honoring the 278 graduates of the Class of 2012 - the largest graduating class in the college's history.
That's not how members of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism's just- graduated class of 2009 see it, though.
Roseville High School's 100th graduating class graduates in 100 degree heat.
A Boise girl who has battled illness through high school and is four electives shy of graduating is being denied the opportunity to walk across the stage with her Timberline High School classmates at graduation.
The graduation rate in the Dallas school district is up again — and so is the number of Latino high school graduates.
This year's graduating class at Utah Valley University – with some 4,600 graduates – is the highest graduating class ever.

In science:

Ziegler, Lectures on polytopes, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, vol. 152, SpringerVerlag, New York, 1995.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Dirac ”Lectures on Quantum Mechanics”, Belfer Graduate School of Science, Yeshiva University, New York 1964; A.J.
Point particle in general background fields and generalized equivalence principle
M Nakahara, ”Geometry, Topology and Physics”, Graduate Student Series in Physics (1990), Institute of Physics Publishing, Bristol and Philadelphia , D. E.
Critical properties of $\Phi^4_{1+1}$-theory in Light-Cone Quantization
I was yet a graduate student, and saw some kernel of value in me even then.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Brian graduated from Flaxville High School in 1991, finishing at the top of his class.
Variational Principles in General Relativity