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verb (used without object), gra·dat·ed, gra·dat·ing.
  1. to pass by gradual or imperceptible degrees, as one color into another.
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verb (used with object), gra·dat·ed, gra·dat·ing.
  1. to cause to gradate.
  2. to arrange in grades.
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Origin of gradate

First recorded in 1745–55; back formation from gradation
Related formsre·gra·date, verb, re·gra·dat·ed, re·gra·dat·ing.un·gra·dat·ed, adjectiveun·gra·dat·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for gradate

Historical Examples of gradate

  • As soon as you find you can gradate tolerably with the pen, take an H. or HH.

    The Crown of Wild Olive

    John Ruskin

  • At all events he can gradate from black to white with remarkable minuteness and ease.

    English Book-Illustration of To-day

    Rose Esther Dorothea Sketchley

  • Gradate veins: a transverse series of veins, each before or beyond the next.

British Dictionary definitions for gradate


  1. to change or cause to change imperceptibly, as from one colour, tone, or degree to another
  2. (tr) to arrange in grades or ranks
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Word Origin and History for gradate


1753, back-formation from gradation. Related: Gradated; gradating.

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