Definitions for: Graduate


[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
[n] a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
[v] make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring; "calibrate an instrument"; "graduate a cylinder"
[v] confer an academic degree upon; "This school graduates 2,000 students each year"
[v] receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies; "She graduated in 1990"



Webster (1913) Definition: Grad"u*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Graduatedp. pr. &
vb. n. Graduating.] [Cf. F. graduer. See Graduate, n.,
Grade.]
1. To mark with degrees; to divide into regular steps,
grades, or intervals, as the scale of a thermometer, a
scheme of punishment or rewards, etc.

2. To admit or elevate to a certain grade or degree; esp., in
a college or university, to admit, at the close of the
course, to an honorable standing defined by a diploma; as,
he was graduated at Yale College.

3. To prepare gradually; to arrange, temper, or modify by
degrees or to a certain degree; to determine the degrees
of; as, to graduate the heat of an oven.

Dyers advance and graduate their colors with salts.
--Browne.

4. (Chem.) To bring to a certain degree of consistency, by
evaporation, as a fluid.

Graduating engine, a dividing engine. See Dividing
engine, under Dividing.


Grad"u*ate, v. i.
1. To pass by degrees; to change gradually; to shade off; as,
sandstone which graduates into gneiss; carnelian sometimes
graduates into quartz.

2. (Zo["o]l.) To taper, as the tail of certain birds.

3. To take a degree in a college or university; to become a
graduate; to receive a diploma.

He graduated at Oxford. --Latham.

He was brought to their bar and asked where he had
graduated. --Macaulay.


Grad"u*ate, n. [LL. graduatus, p. p. of graduare to
admit to a degree, fr. L. gradus grade. See Grade, n.]
1. One who has received an academical or professional degree;
one who has completed the prescribed course of study in
any school or institution of learning.

2. A graduated cup, tube, or flask; a measuring glass used by
apothecaries and chemists. See under Graduated.


Grad"u*ate, a. [See Graduate, n. & v.]
Arranged by successive steps or degrees; graduated.

Beginning with the genus, passing through all the
graduate and subordinate stages. --Tatham.

Synonyms: alum, alumna, alumnus, calibrate, fine-tune, grad

See Also: adjust, bestow, confer, graduate, graduated cylinder, have, measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system, old boy, receive, scholar, scholarly person, set, student

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