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[uhn-der-graj-oo-it, -eyt] /ˌʌn dərˈgrædʒ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
a student in a university or college who has not received a first, especially a bachelor's, degree.
having the standing of an undergraduate.
of, for, pertaining to, or characteristic of undergraduates.
Origin of undergraduate
1620-30; under- + graduate
Related forms
undergraduateship, noun
nonundergraduate, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • The nature of the protest prompted one undergraduate to complain to the student newspaper.
  • As an undergraduate student, he is part of the first generation that may study personalized medicine in a mature form.
  • At eighteen, she married an older law student, but the marriage unravelled while she was still an undergraduate.
  • All undergraduate programs are accredited at the program level.
  • Well, you can find that astonishing and stupendous principle in any basic micro-economic undergraduate elementary textbook.
  • His undergraduate and graduate level courses cover the field of visual cognition and psychology.
  • Perhaps the biggest shortcoming of undergraduate science programs is the utter lack of insightful counseling.
  • Many major research universities privilege research and graduate education over undergraduate teaching.
  • We seek a candidate who will excel in teaching and conduct a vigorous research program at the undergraduate level.
  • Indeed, interest in undergraduate programmes has also sagged, even though attendance at university has soared.
British Dictionary definitions for undergraduate


a person studying in a university for a first degree Sometimes shortened to undergrad
Derived Forms
undergraduateship, noun
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Word Origin and History for undergraduate

1620s, a hybrid formed from under + graduate (n.). British used fem. form undergraduette in 1920s-30s.

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