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.

1645–55; graduate + -ed2

nongraduated, adjective
overgraduated, adjective
ungraduated, adjective
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late 15c., from M.L. graduatus, pp. of graduari "to take a degree," from L. gradus "step, grade" (see grade). The abbreviated form grad is attested from 1871. The verb is 1580s (trans.), 1807 (intrans.).
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graduated grad·u·at·ed (grāj'ōō-ā'tĭd)
Marked with or divided into intervals, as of volume or temperature, for use in measurement.

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graduated   (grāj'-ā'tĭd)  Pronunciation Key 
Divided into or marked with intervals indicating measures, as of length, volume, or temperature.
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