graduate ( graduates plural & 3rd person present) ( graduating present participle) ( graduated past tense & past participle )
The noun is pronounced grædʒuət. The verb is pronounced grædʒueɪt.
1 n-count In Britain, a graduate is a person who has successfully completed a degree at a university or college and has received a certificate that shows this.
usu with supp, oft N in/from/of n
In 1973, the first Open University graduates received their degrees., ...graduates in engineering.
2 n-count In the United States, a graduate is a student who has successfully completed a course at a high school, college, or university.
usu supp N
The top one-third of all high school graduates are entitled to an education at the California State University.
3 verb In Britain, when a student graduates from university, they have successfully completed a degree course.
She graduated in English and Drama from Manchester University. V prep, Also V
4 verb In the United States, when a student graduates, they complete their studies successfully and leave their school or university. You can also say that a school or university graduates a student or students.
When the boys graduated from high school, Ann moved to a small town in Vermont... V prep
In 1986, American universities graduated a record number of students with degrees in computer science. V n, Also V
5 verb If you graduatefrom one thing to another, you go from a less important job or position to a more important one.
(=progress) From commercials she quickly graduated to television shows. V to/from n
graduate school ( graduate schools plural ) In the United States, a graduate school is a department in a university or college where postgraduate students are taught. n-var
She was in graduate school, studying for a master's degree in social work.
graduate student ( graduate students plural ) In the United States, a graduate student is a student with a first degree from a university who is studying or doing research at a more advanced level.
in BRIT, use postgraduate