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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 gradated

Historical Examples of gradated

  • And this, in the case of gradated colour, makes the shading softer.

    Art in Needlework

    Lewis F. Day

  • It will be seen in the figure there given, that this change is not sudden, but gradated.

  • The brush is placed firmly on the canvas and then dragged from the point lightly away, leaving a gradated tone.

  • Without these steadying influences these compositions of gradated masses would be sickly and weak.

  • The balance in the finest work is usually on the side of flat tones rather than on the side of gradated tones.

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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