graduate NOUN a person who has been awarded a first academic degree, or (N. Amer. ) a high-school diploma.
VERB 1) successfully complete a degree, course, or (N. Amer. ) high school. 2) (graduate to) move up to (something more advanced). 3) arrange or mark out in gradations. 4) change gradually.
DERIVATIVES graduation noun.
ORIGIN from Latin graduare 'take a degree' , from gradus 'degree, step' .

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