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verb graduate pronunciation in American English /ˈɡrædʒuˌeɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegraduating
past tensegraduated
past participlegraduated
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to complete your studies at a school such as a high school, college, or university and get a diploma or a degree
    graduate from: He graduated from Yale University in 1936.
    graduate in: one of the first women to graduate in history and languages at the Sorbonne
  2. 2
    [transitive] to give a student a degree or other qualification after a course of study
    Universities in Thailand graduate 6,000 engineers each year.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to make progress, or to reach a higher position
    He eventually graduated from clerical work to his present role.
    Some children had graduated to reading books without pictures.


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