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gradate

[grey-deyt] /ˈgreɪ deɪt/
verb (used without object), gradated, gradating.
1.
to pass by gradual or imperceptible degrees, as one color into another.
verb (used with object), gradated, gradating.
2.
to cause to gradate.
3.
to arrange in grades.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; back formation from gradation
Related forms
regradate, verb, regradated, regradating.
ungradated, adjective
ungradating, adjective
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gradate

/ɡrəˈdeɪt/
verb
1.
to change or cause to change imperceptibly, as from one colour, tone, or degree to another
2.
(transitive) to arrange in grades or ranks
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Word Origin and History for un gradated

gradate

v.

1753, back-formation from gradation. Related: Gradated; gradating.

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