[n., adj. graj-oo-it, -eyt; v. graj-oo-eyt]
a person who has received a degree or diploma on completing a course of study, as in a university, college, or school.
a student who holds the bachelor's or the first professional degree and is studying for an advanced degree.
a cylindrical or tapering graduated container, used for measuring.
of, pertaining to, or involved in academic study beyond the first or bachelor's degree: graduate courses in business; a graduate student.
having an academic degree or diploma: a graduate engineer.
verb (used without object), graduated, graduating.
to receive a degree or diploma on completing a course of study (often followed by from ): She graduated from college in 1985.
to pass by degrees; change gradually.
verb (used with object), graduated, graduating.
to confer a degree upon, or to grant a diploma to, at the close of a course of study, as in a university, college, or school: Cornell graduated eighty students with honors.
Informal. to receive a degree or diploma from: She graduated college in 1950.
to arrange in grades or gradations; establish gradation in.
to divide into or mark with degrees or other divisions, as the scale of a thermometer.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin graduātus (past participle of graduāre), equivalent to grad(us) grade, step + -u- thematic vowel + -ātus -ate1

graduator, noun
nongraduate, noun
supergraduate, noun
ungraduating, adjective

In the sense “to receive a degree or diploma” graduate followed by from is the most common construction today: Her daughter graduated from Yale in 1981. The passive form was graduated from, formerly insisted upon as the only correct pattern, has decreased in use and occurs infrequently today: My husband was graduated from West Point last year.
Even though it is condemned by some as nonstandard, the use of graduate as a transitive verb meaning “to receive a degree or diploma from” is increasing in frequency in both speech and writing: The twins graduated high school in 1974. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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1.  a.  a person who has been awarded a first degree from a university or college
 b.  (as modifier): a graduate profession
2.  (US), (Canadian) a student who has completed a course of studies at a high school and received a diploma
3.  (US) a container, such as a flask, marked to indicate its capacity
vb (often foll by to)
4.  to receive or cause to receive a degree or diploma
5.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (tr) to confer a degree, diploma, etc upon
6.  (tr) to mark (a thermometer, flask, etc) with units of measurement; calibrate
7.  (tr) to arrange or sort into groups according to type, quality, etc
8.  to change by degrees (from something to something else)
[C15: from Medieval Latin graduārī to take a degree, from Latin gradus a step]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from M.L. graduatus, pp. of graduari "to take a degree," from L. gradus "step, grade" (see grade). The abbreviated form grad is attested from 1871. The verb is 1580s (trans.), 1807 (intrans.).
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Example sentences
No one should deny that graduate education is in a bad way at the moment.
Outstanding graduate programs are the hallmark of a great university.
In future, one of the big returns to a strong brand may be its effects on
  graduate recruitment.
His undergraduate and graduate level courses cover the field of visual
  cognition and psychology.
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