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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: grae ju iht
definition: a person who has finished studying at high school or college. A diploma is given to a graduate to show that all the necessary work has been done.
She is a graduate of Harvard University.
similar words:
bachelor, doctor
part of speech: verb
pronunciation: grae ju eIt
inflections: graduates, graduating, graduated
definition: to be given a diploma upon finishing studies at a school or college.
She will graduate from high school this spring.
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The word graduate contains the following parts:
grad, -grade Latin root that means go, step, degree
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).