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v. grad·u·at·ed, grad·u·at·ing, grad·u·ates
1. To be granted an academic degree or diploma: Most of the entering freshmen stayed to graduate.
a. To change gradually or by degrees: "The most weighty of all the arguments against treating the races of man as distinct species, is that they graduate into each other" (Charles Darwin).
b. To advance to a new level of skill, achievement, or activity: After a month of diving instruction, they all graduated to back flips.
a. To grant an academic degree or diploma to: The school has graduated many gifted chemists.
b. Usage Problem To receive an academic degree from: How many chemists graduated the Institute last year?
2. To arrange or divide into categories, steps, or grades: graduate an income tax.
3. To divide into marked intervals, especially for use in measurement: graduate a thermometer.
n. (-ĭt)
1. One who has received an academic degree or diploma.
2. A graduated container, such as a cylinder or beaker.
adj. (-ĭt)
1. Possessing an academic degree or diploma.
2. Of, intended for, or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree: graduate courses.

[Middle English graduaten, to confer a degree, from Medieval Latin graduārī, graduāt-, to take a degree, from Latin gradus, step; see grade.]

grad′u·a′tor n.
Usage Note: Traditionally, the verb graduate denotes the action of conferring an academic degree or diploma, and this sense has often been conveyed in the passive voice, as in They were graduated from Yale in 2010. This usage still exists, though it is somewhat old-fashioned and may be slipping away. In our 1988 survey, 78 percent of the Usage Panel accepted this sentence, but almost half the Panel found it unacceptable in our 2006 survey. Nonetheless, this older use of the verb is both acceptable and widespread when the verb is expressed in the active voice and the institution is the subject: The university graduated more computer science majors in 2010 than in the entire previous decade. Another transitive use, in which the student is the subject and the institution is the object, as in She graduated Yale in 2010, does not find favor with the Panel. Some 77 percent objected to this usage in 1988 and again in 2006. The intransitive, and most frequent, use of the verb, as in They graduated from Yale in 2010, was ruled acceptable by 97 percent of the Panel in 2006.


increasing by regular amounts or gradesarranged in a series of levelsmarked with units of measurement; calibrated


(ˈgrædʒ uˌeɪ tɪd)

1. characterized by or arranged in degrees, as according to height, depth, or difficulty.
2. marked with divisions or units of measurement.
3. (of a tax) increasing along with the taxable base: a graduated income tax.


Divided into or marked with intervals indicating measures, as of length, volume, or temperature: A thermometer is graduated into degrees.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.graduated - marked with or divided into degrees; "a calibrated thermometer"
2.graduated - taking place by degrees
gradual - proceeding in small stages; "a gradual increase in prices"


A. ADJ [tube, flask, tax etc] → graduado
in graduated stagesen pasos escalonados
B. CPD graduated pension N (Brit) → pensión f escalonada


[ˈgrædʒueɪtɪd] adj [increase, escalation] → progressif/ivegraduated pension nretraite f calculée en fonction des derniers salairesgraduate school n (US)troisième cycle m d'université
to be in graduate school → suivre un troisième cycle (à l'université)graduate student n (US)étudiant(e) m/f de troisième cycle


(= rising)stufenweise zunehmend; increasestufenweise; (Fin) → gestaffelt
(= calibrated)mit Maßeinteilung, graduiert (form); graduated tube/measure/flaskMessglas nt


adj graduado
References in classic literature ?
Did he offer to lend you his class pin, or has it been so long since he graduated that he's left off wearing it?
My mother was married a month after she graduated, and she lived only until I was ten; yes, it is a long way back to my mother's time here, though the school was fifteen or twenty years old then, I believe.
Although no graduated links of structure, fitted for gliding through the air, now connect the Galeopithecus with the other Lemuridae, yet I can see no difficulty in supposing that such links formerly existed, and that each had been formed by the same steps as in the case of the less perfectly gliding squirrels; and that each grade of structure had been useful to its possessor.
With these facts, here far too briefly and imperfectly given, which show that there is much graduated diversity in the eyes of living crustaceans, and bearing in mind how small the number of living animals is in proportion to those which have become extinct, I can see no very great difficulty (not more than in the case of many other structures) in believing that natural selection has converted the simple apparatus of an optic nerve merely coated with pigment and invested by transparent membrane, into an optical instrument as perfect as is possessed by any member of the great Articulate class.
This beautiful miniature world had exactly the appearance of those "relief maps" which reproduce nature precisely, with the heights and depressions and other details graduated to a reduced scale, and with the rocks, trees, lakes, etc.
CLOSE TO three quarters of nurses who graduated in November 2015 were employed at March 31 this year, according to the annual Nursing Education in the Tertiary Sector (NETS) survey.
When Kelsey Rowlson graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in communications, she thought her job search might take a while.
Less than half (48%) of blacks who graduated from college in the 1970s say they took on student loan debt to obtain their undergraduate degree, but this grew to 63% for graduates in the 1980s, 67% in the 1990s, and 78% for the 2000-2014 cohort.
The purpose of this study is to understand how recent high school graduates who are not attending college full time are faring in the workforce, specifically looking at those individuals who graduated before and during the difficult labor market caused by the Great Recession.
5%) of those who graduated in 2010, some 19,785 in total, were still without a job six months later, down from 8.
Tolman graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing
The classic movie The Graduate sidestepped the question of whether Benjamin Braddock graduated from college or was graduated from college.

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