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[dok-ter-it] /ˈdɒk tər ɪt/
doctor's degree (defs 1, 2).
Origin of doctorate
1670-80; < Medieval Latin doctorātus degree of doctor. See doctor, -ate3
Related forms
predoctorate, noun Unabridged
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  • Perhaps he thought her doctorate in zoology was a doctorate in medicine.
  • He studied archeology in his spare time, and earned a doctorate at forty-one, when he quit teaching.
  • Olin is a full-range school, teaching business subjects from undergraduate to doctorate level.
  • She has a doctorate in physics and is a grandmaster of political chess, always many moves ahead of her rivals.
  • Some of my professors and supervisors had urged me to go on to a doctorate.
  • People who want to pursue a doctorate in physical education are in the bottom left quadrant.
  • People who earn a doctorate degree are dedicated to learning how the world works.
  • It is critical to have a clear sense of your reasons for pursuing a doctorate.
  • Applicants must hold a doctorate degree and those with teaching, research or administrative experiences are preferred.
  • My experience with including the doctorate on my résumé has been negative.
British Dictionary definitions for doctorate


/ˈdɒktərɪt; -trɪt/
the highest academic degree in any field of knowledge Also called doctor's degree
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Word Origin and History for doctorate

"degree of a doctor," 1670s; see doctor (n.) + -ate (1).

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