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/ ˈgreɪ deɪt /
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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 gradatere·gra·date, verb, re·gra·dat·ed, re·gra·dat·ing.un·gra·dat·ed, adjectiveun·gra·dat·ing, adjective
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How to use gradate in a sentence
But there are cases in which a gradated tone, such as a sky, may need to be printed before the line block.
It is easy in this way to print a very delicately gradated tint from full colour to white.
She was also in a scarlet flannel blouse thickly powdered with gradated black discs.The Far Horizon|Lucas Malet
The right line is to the curve what monotony is to melody, and what unvaried color is to gradated color.Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)|John Ruskin
Not only this, but there is a gradated improvement of intelligence in the course of it,—rather too much so for entire credibility.The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne|Frank Preston Stearns
British Dictionary definitions for gradate
/ (ɡrəˈdeɪt) /
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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