Other forms: graduated; graduates; graduating

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.

Definitions of graduate
  1. verb
    receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies
    “She graduated in 1990”
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    type of:
    have, receive
    get something; come into possession of
  2. verb
    confer an academic degree upon
    “This school graduates 2,000 students each year”
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    type of:
    bestow, confer
  3. verb
    make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring
    graduate a cylinder”
    synonyms: calibrate, fine-tune
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    type of:
    adjust, correct, set
    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
Definitions of graduate
  1. noun
    a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
    synonyms: alum, alumna, alumnus, grad
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    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
  2. adjective
    of or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree
    graduate courses”
    synonyms: postgraduate
    greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
  3. noun
    a measuring instrument for measuring fluid volume; a glass container (cup or cylinder or flask) whose sides are marked with or divided into amounts
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    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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