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gradate

verb gra·date

Definition of gradate

-ed/-ing/-s

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to shade insensibly into another (as of a color) or each other (as of colors) :  shade off :  blend

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to cause (a color or colors) to gradate many layers of sheer material in gradated colors — Lois Long

  5. 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 gra·date \"\

Definition of gradate

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of gradate

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


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