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graduate

grad·u·ate

graduate

 
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun, adjective
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part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: grae ju eIt
inflections: graduated, graduates, graduating
definition 1: to be given a degree or diploma upon completing studies at a school, college, or university.
My daughter will be graduating from high school this spring.He will not graduate if he doesn't fulfill his science requirement.
definition 2: to change by degrees.
The penalties graduate according to the seriousness of the offense.
similar words:
change
 
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: grae ju eIt
definition 1: to grant a degree or diploma to.
The school graduated him even though he had not completed his work.
definition 2: to arrange or divide by degrees, levels, or grades.
The state has begun to graduate driver's licenses so that a young driver becomes fully licensed only over time.
synonyms:
categorize, class, classify, grade, rank, rate, sort, type
similar words:
arrange, group, order, pigeonhole, place, position, size, value
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: grae ju iht
definition: one who has completed academic requirements and obtained a degree or diploma.
She is a graduate of Harvard University.Many graduates return to the school for homecoming weekend in the fall.
synonyms:
grad
similar words:
alumna, alumnus, bachelor, doctor, Ph.D.
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: grae ju iht
definition: of or pertaining to study beyond a bachelor's degree.
She wants to go on for a graduate degree.The university has a highly respected graduate program in engineering.His friends are mostly other graduate students.
similar words:
postgraduate
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The word graduate contains the following parts:
grad, -grade Latin root that means go, step, degree
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).