Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “graduate”

See all translations

graduate

noun [C] uk   /ˈɡrædʒ.u.ət/ us  
B2 UK a person who has a first degree from a university or college: a Cambridge graduate Chris is a physics graduate. A2 US ( informal grad) a person who has finished their school, college, or university education: high-school graduates a graduate of Yale
More examples

graduate

verb uk   /ˈɡrædʒ.u.eɪt/ us  

graduate verb (QUALIFY)

B2 [I] UK to complete a first university degree successfully: Lorna graduated from Freiburg University. Tom has just graduated with first-class honours in psychology.B2 [I or T] US to complete school, college, or university successfully: After he graduated high school, he joined the Army.
More examples

graduate verb (PROGRESS)

[I] to move forward or improve: She graduated from being a secretary to running her own department.
(Definition of graduate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of graduate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “graduate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

derivative

If something is derivative, it is not the result of new ideas, but has been developed from or copies something else.

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More