[graj-oo-ey-shuh n] /ˌgrædʒ uˈeɪ ʃən/

an act of ; the state of being .
the ceremony of conferring degrees or diplomas, as at a college or school.
arrangement in degrees, levels, or ranks.
the act of graduating or the state of being graduated
the ceremony at which school or college degrees and diplomas are conferred
a mark or division or all the marks or divisions that indicate measure on an instrument or vessel

early 15c., in alchemy, “tempering, refining of something to a certain degree; measurement according to the four degrees of a quality,” from graduate (n.). General sense of “dividing into degrees” is from 1590s; meaning “action of receiving or giving an academic degree” is from early 15c.; in reference to the ceremony where a degree is given, from 1818.


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