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graduate (n.)

early 15c., "one who holds a degree" (originally with man; as a stand-alone noun from mid-15c.), from Medieval Latin graduatus, past participle of graduari "to take a degree," from Latin gradus "a step; a step climbed (on a ladder or stair);" figuratively "a step toward something, a degree of something rising by stages" (from PIE root *ghredh- "to walk, go"). As an adjective, from late 15c.

graduate (v.)

early 15c., "to confer a university degree upon," from Medieval Latin graduatus (see graduate (n.)). Intransitive sense from 1807. Related: Graduated; graduating.

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Definitions of graduate from WordNet
1
graduate (v.)
receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies;
She graduated in 1990
graduate (v.)
confer an academic degree upon;
This school graduates 2,000 students each year
graduate (v.)
make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring;
graduate a cylinder
Synonyms: calibrate / fine-tune
2
graduate (n.)
a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university);
Synonyms: alumnus / alumna / alum / grad
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;
3
graduate (adj.)
of or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree;
graduate courses
Synonyms: postgraduate
From wordnet.princeton.edu