—n. 1. a person who has received a degree or diploma on completing a course of study, as in a university, college, or school.
2. a student who holds the bachelor's or the first professional degree and is studying for an advanced degree.
3. a cylindrical or tapering graduated container, used for measuring.
—adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or involved in academic study beyond the first or bachelor's degree: graduate courses in business; a graduate student. 2. having an academic degree or diploma: a graduate engineer.
—v.i. 1. to receive a degree or diploma on completing a course of study (often fol. by from): She graduated from college in 1985. 2. to pass by degrees; change gradually.
—v.t. 1. to confer a degree upon, or to grant a diploma to, at the close of a course of study, as in a university, college, or school: Cornell graduated eighty students with honors. 2. Informal.to receive a degree or diploma from: She graduated college in 1950. 3. to arrange in grades or gradations; establish gradation in.
4. to divide into or mark with degrees or other divisions, as the scale of a thermometer.