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gradate

verb gra·date \ ˈgrāˌdāt , grəˈd- \

Definition of gradate

-ed/-ing/-s
intransitive verb
: to shade insensibly into another (as of a color) or each other (as of colors) : shade off : blend
transitive verb
1 : to cause (a color or colors) to gradate
  • many layers of sheer material in gradated colors
  • —Lois Long
2 : to dispose or arrange in or into steps, grades, or ranks

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Origin and Etymology of gradate

back-formation from gradation


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gradate

adjective \ " \

Definition of gradate

: occurring in or characterized by a serial arrangement with nearly equal variation between adjacent members : having a gradient or exhibiting gradation
  • a gradate shell with regularly increasing whorls
  • gradate maturation of fern sori
  • a gradate butterfly wing shading from deepest blue to pale yellow

Origin and Etymology of gradate

Latin gradatus furnished with steps, from gradus step, degree + -atus -ate


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