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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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British Dictionary definitions for matriculator

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 matriculator

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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