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1. One who has received an academical or professional degree; one who has completed the prescribed course of study in any school or institution of learning.
2. A graduated cup, tube, or flask; a measuring glass used by apothecaries and chemists. See graduated.
Origin: LL. Graduatus, p. P. Of graduare to admit to a degree, fr. L. Gradus grade. See grade.
1. To mark with degrees; to divide into regular steps, grades, or intervals, as the scale of a thermometer, a scheme of punishment or rewards, etc.
2. To admit or elevate to a certain grade or degree; especially, in a college or university, to admit, at the close of the course, to an honorable standing defined by a diploma; as, he was graduated at Yale College.
3. To prepare gradually; to arrange, temper, or modify by degrees or to a certain degree; to determine the degrees of; as, to graduate the heat of an oven. Dyers advance and graduate their colours with salts. (Browne)
4. (Science: chemistry) to bring to a certain degree of consistency, by evaporation, as a fluid. Graduating engine, a dividing engine. See dividing engine, under dividing.
Origin: cf. F. Graduer. See graduate, grade.
1. To pass by degrees; to change gradually; to shade off; as, sandstone which graduates into gneiss; carnelian sometimes graduates into quartz.
2. (Science: ornithology, Zoology) to taper, as the tail of certain birds.
3. To take a degree in a college or university; to become a graduate; to receive a diploma. He graduated at Oxford. (Latham) He was brought to their bar and asked where he had graduated. (Macaulay)

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