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matriculate

[v. muh-trik-yuh-leyt; n. muh-trik-yuh-lit] /v. məˈtrɪk yəˌleɪt; n. məˈtrɪk yə lɪt/
verb (used with object), matriculated, matriculating.
1.
to enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree.
2.
to register (a coat of arms), used especially in Scottish heraldry.
verb (used without object), matriculated, matriculating.
3.
to be matriculated.
noun
4.
a person who has been matriculated.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90 for earlier sense; < Medieval Latin mātrīculātus (person) listed (for some specific duty), equivalent to mātrīcul(a) list (see matriculant) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
matriculation, noun
matriculator, noun
rematriculate, verb, rematriculated, rematriculating.
unmatriculated, adjective
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Examples from the web for matriculated
  • Jody matriculated from the music industry into fine dining consulting.
  • Students at my school are subject to the requirements listed in the catalogue when they matriculated.
  • Because these fellowships are full-time, they are not appropriate for matriculated undergraduate or graduate students.
  • We do not offer summer internships, and since our fellowships are full-time, they are not appropriate for matriculated students.
  • The provisions of this paragraph apply to veterans and eligible persons who are pursuing a degree, but who have not matriculated.
  • Programs must serve matriculated students who are working toward a degree.
British Dictionary definitions for matriculated

matriculate

verb (məˈtrɪkjʊˌleɪt)
1.
to enrol or be enrolled in an institution, esp a college or university
2.
(intransitive) to attain the academic standard required for a course at such an institution
noun (məˈtrɪkjʊlɪt)
3.
Also called matriculant. a person who has matriculated
Derived Forms
matriculator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin mātrīculāre to register, from mātrīcula, diminutive of matrix list, matrix
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Word Origin and History for matriculated

matriculate

v.

1570s, "to admit a student to a college by enrolling his name on the register," from Late Latin matriculatus, past participle of matriculare "to register," from Latin matricula "public register," diminutive of matrix (genitive matricis) "list, roll," also "sources, womb" (see matrix).

The connection of senses in the Latin word seems to be via confusion of Greek metra "womb" (from meter "mother;" see mother (n.1)) and an identical but different Greek word metra meaning "register, lot" (see meter (n.2)). Evidently Latin matrix was used to translate both, though it originally shared meaning with only one. Related: Matriculated; matriculating.

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