verb (used with object), gra·dat·ed, gra·dat·ing.
  1. to cause to gradate.
  2. to arrange in grades.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for gradated


  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 gradated



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

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