graduate

To graduate means to successfully complete your schooling, to become "a graduate." When you graduate from high school, you become a high school graduate and congratulations are in order.

A graduate is someone who has received a degree from a school. As a verb graduate refers to the act of receiving this degree “I plan to graduate from college in the spring,” or the act of giving a degree “I want to graduate all of my students.” In a scientific sense, graduate can mean to calibrate for fine adjustments. To make a thermometer, you have to graduate it by degrees so it displays a range of temperatures.

Primary Meanings of graduate

1.
vnadj
receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies
a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
of or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree
2.
vn
make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring
a measuring instrument for measuring fluid volume; a glass container (cup or cylinder or flask) whose sides are marked with or divided into amounts
Full Definitions of graduate
1

v receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies

“She graduated in 1990”
Type of:
have, receive
get something; come into possession of

v confer an academic degree upon

“This school graduates 2,000 students each year”
Type of:
bestow, confer
present

n a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)

Synonyms:
alum, alumna, alumnus, grad
Types:
Ivy Leaguer
a student or graduate at an Ivy League school
old boy
a former male pupil of a school
Type of:
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student
a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines

adj of or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree

graduate courses”
Synonyms:
postgraduate
high
greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
2

v make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring

graduate a cylinder”
Synonyms:
calibrate, fine-tune
Type of:
adjust, correct, set
alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

n a measuring instrument for measuring fluid volume; a glass container (cup or cylinder or flask) whose sides are marked with or divided into amounts

Types:
graduated cylinder
a cylindrical graduate
Type of:
measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system
instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something

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