graduated

[ graj-oo-ey-tid ]
/ ˈgrædʒ uˌeɪ tɪd /

adjective

characterized by or arranged in degrees, especially successively, as according to height, depth, or difficulty: a graduated series of lessons.
marked with divisions or units of measurement.
(of a bird's tail) having the longest feathers in the center, the others being successively shorter.
(of a tax) increasing along with the taxable base: a graduated income tax.

Origin of graduated

First recorded in 1645–55; graduate + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM graduated

non·grad·u·at·ed, adjectiveo·ver·grad·u·at·ed, adjectiveun·grad·u·at·ed, adjective

Definition for graduated (2 of 2)

Origin of graduate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin graduātus (past participle of graduāre), equivalent to grad(us) grade, step + -u- thematic vowel + -ātus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM graduate

grad·u·a·tor, nounnon·grad·u·ate, nounsu·per·grad·u·ate, nounun·grad·u·at·ing, adjective

usage note for graduate

In the sense “to receive a degree or diploma” graduate followed by from is the most common construction today: Her daughter graduated from Yale in 1981. The passive form was graduated from, formerly insisted upon as the only correct pattern, has decreased in use and occurs infrequently today: My husband was graduated from West Point last year.
Even though it is condemned by some as nonstandard, the use of graduate as a transitive verb meaning “to receive a degree or diploma from” is increasing in frequency in both speech and writing: The twins graduated high school in 1974.
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British Dictionary definitions for graduated

graduate

noun (ˈɡrædjʊɪt)

verb (ˈɡrædjʊˌeɪt)

Derived forms of graduate

graduator, noun

Word Origin for graduate

C15: from Medieval Latin graduārī to take a degree, from Latin gradus a step
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Medicine definitions for graduated

graduated
[ grăjōō-ā′tĭd ]

adj.

Marked with or divided into intervals, as of volume or temperature, for use in measurement.
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Science definitions for graduated

graduated
[ grăjōō-ā′tĭd ]

Divided into or marked with intervals indicating measures, as of length, volume, or temperature.
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