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Meaning of “graduate” in the English Dictionary

"graduate" in British English

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graduatenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɡrædʒ.u.ət/
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 ​finishedtheirschool, ​college, or ​universityeducation: high-school graduates a graduate of Yale

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graduateverb

uk   us   /ˈɡrædʒ.u.eɪt/
  • graduate verb (EDUCATION)

B2 [I] UK to ​complete a first ​universitydegreesuccessfully: Lorna graduated from Freiburg University. Tom has just graduated withfirst-classhonours inpsychology.B2 [I or T] US to ​completeschool, ​college, or ​universitysuccessfully: After he graduated from high ​school, he ​joined the Army.

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(Definition of graduate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"graduate" in American English

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graduatenoun [C]

 us   /ˈɡrædʒ·u·ɪt/ (short form grad,  /ɡræd/ )
a ​person who has ​successfullycompletedstudies at a ​school or ​received a ​degree from a ​college or ​university: a Yale graduate/a graduate of Yale
graduate
verb [I/T]  us   /ˈɡrædʒ·uˌeɪt/
[I] Although he never ​graduated from high ​school, he ​became a ​successfulbusinessman.

graduateadjective

 us   /ˈɡrædʒ·u·ɪt/ (short form grad,  /ɡræd/ )
relating to or ​working toward a ​universitydegree beyond the one you ​receive after four ​years of ​study: graduate ​school/​student/​studies
(Definition of graduate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"graduate" in Business English

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graduatenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɡrædʒuət/
a ​student who has completed a university or college degree: a 2010 college graduatea graduate of sth Li is a graduate of Beijing University. an Oxford/Harvard/Columbia graduate a psychology/​journalism/​engineering graduate
US a ​student who has completed high school: The boys were graduates of Winthrop High School. a high school graduate

graduateverb

uk   us   /ˈɡrædjueɪt/
[I] to complete a degree at a college or university: The ​pharmacy college will ​holdclasses for 12 months a ​year so that its ​students can graduate in three ​years .graduate from sth In India, ​roughly two million English speakers graduate from university each ​year.
[I] US to complete high school: The ​program continues until the ​students graduate from high school.
[T] US if a university, college, or school graduates ​students, it gives them an ​officialdocument that proves they have completed their ​education there: The ​businesscommunity has been frustrated that our city schools were graduating ​people who were ​illiterate.
(Definition of graduate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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