gradate

[ grey-deyt ]
/ ˈgreɪ deɪt /

verb (used without object), gra·dat·ed, gra·dat·ing.

to pass by gradual or imperceptible degrees, as one color into another.

verb (used with object), gra·dat·ed, gra·dat·ing.

to cause to gradate.
to arrange in grades.

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Origin of gradate

First recorded in 1745–55; back formation from gradation

OTHER WORDS FROM gradate

re·gra·date, verb, re·gra·dat·ed, re·gra·dat·ing.un·gra·dat·ed, adjectiveun·gra·dat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gradated

gradate
/ (ɡrəˈdeɪt) /

verb

to change or cause to change imperceptibly, as from one colour, tone, or degree to another
(tr) to arrange in grades or ranks
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