grad·​u·​at·​ed | \ ˈgra-jə-ˌwā-təd How to pronounce graduated (audio) \

Definition of graduated

of a tax
: increasing in rate with increase in taxable base : progressive a graduated income tax

Examples of graduated in a Sentence

a series of bowls in graduated sizes

Recent Examples on the Web

The Legislature may renew a long-standing debate over whether the state should move to a graduated income tax. USA TODAY, "Black Union regiment flag, Notorious BIG, Pikachu the mini pony: News from around our 50 states," 12 June 2019 The issue here is the graduated income tax concept Madigan supports. Chicago Tribune,, "Morning Spin: Rauner's office doesn't commit on bill to ban payroll practice known as 'offshoring'," 4 May 2018 He had already been allowed to leave the hospital grounds for 48 hours without an escort, part of a graduated process that aims to get residents ready for release. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Man who shot Alexandria police officer released with conditions from mental hospital," 7 June 2018 Appel's bill, SB 42, outlines a graduated structure of criminal penalties for swatting based on the results of any emergency action by law enforcement agencies. Hanna Krueger,, "Algiers man gives stranger water, gets carjacked: NOPD," 14 Mar. 2018 Democrats in Springfield have filed three constitutional amendments to establish a graduated income tax—the rates won’t be determined until after voters give their assent. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Illinois Progressive Tax Gambit," 9 Mar. 2018 Plus sleeveless dresses pieced together from half-moon panels of fabric in a graduated cone, so the bodice hugged the torso and the skirt swayed just a little with the walk, engineered to harness the body’s resonance. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Finally, the Fall 2018 Fashion Finale," 7 Mar. 2018 Natalee Holloway disappeared May 30, 2005 while in Aruba with 130-plus of her graduated classmates. Carol Robinson,, "Oxygen Media: Natalee Holloway's mother's lawsuit an 'inaccurate depiction' of TV series," 7 Feb. 2018 Gone from last season's 18-7 team (12-2 ECC) are seven graduated seniors, including top two scorers Kenny Thompson and Jordan Henderson. Scott Springer,, "Walnut Hills boys basketball has big dreams this hoops season," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of graduated

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for graduated

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English Language Learners Definition of graduated

: marked with lines for measuring
: gradually increasing
of a tax : increasing in rate as the thing being taxed (such as income) increases


grad·​u·​at·​ed | \ ˈgra-jə-ˌwā-təd\

Legal Definition of graduated

of a tax : increasing in rate with increase in taxable base : progressive

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