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doctorate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun one of the highest earned academic degrees conferred by a university
    doctor's degree.
WordNet

Doc"tor*ate noun
Etymology
Cf. F. doctorat.
Definitions
  1. The degree, title, or rank, of a doctor.
Doc"tor*ate transitive verb
Definitions
  1. To make (one) a doctor.
    He was bred . . . in Oxford and there doctorated. Fuller.

Webster 1913