—n., adj.graj'OO-it, -āt";
—n., adj., v., -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. a person who has received a degree or diploma on completing a course of study, as in a university, college, or school.
2. a student who holds the bachelor's or the first professional degree and is studying for an advanced degree.
3. a cylindrical or tapering graduated container, used for measuring.
1. of, pertaining to, or involved in academic study beyond the first or bachelor's degree: graduate courses in business; a graduate student.
2. having an academic degree or diploma: a graduate engineer.
1. to receive a degree or diploma on completing a course of study (often fol. by from): She graduated from college in 1985.
2. to pass by degrees; change gradually.
1. to confer a degree upon, or to grant a diploma to, at the close of a course of study, as in a university, college, or school: Cornell graduated eighty students with honors.
2. Informal.to receive a degree or diploma from: She graduated college in 1950.
3. to arrange in grades or gradations; establish gradation in.
4. to divide into or mark with degrees or other divisions, as the scale of a thermometer.
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