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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

graduate

verb uk   /ˈɡrædʒ.u.eɪt/ us  

graduate verb (QUALIFY)

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

graduate verb (PROGRESS)

[I] to move forward or improve: She graduated from being a secretary to running her own department.
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