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

Definition of graduated

1 : marked with divisions indicating degrees or units of measurement a graduated cylinder/tube graduated measuring cups
2a : divided into or arranged in grades, steps, or successive levels usually proportionally a graduated series of honors
b 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 Could Pritkzer have passed his graduated tax amendment if there had been guarantees built into the amendment itself, rather than having voters write a blank check to the legislature? Elizabeth Bauer, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Many states have some kind of graduated driver’s licensing laws. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 Junior Jacob Raab takes over snapping duties for the graduated Justin Bernard, who recently signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2021 The rose-gold Pink Arums model features diamond foliage and enameled flowers in graduated shades of rich and lustrous pink, a process which requires multiple layers of enamel and firing to achieve. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 26 Apr. 2021 At first, the transition back to the field went smoothly, even with the change of quarterback to freshman Bo Nix who replaced the graduated Stidham. Giana Han, al, 21 Apr. 2021 For example, for couples filing jointly there is a graduated income tax credit of up to $650 when each spouse works. Rich Exner, cleveland, 16 Apr. 2021 Instead of a cake, there were three Dutch cheeses in graduated sizes. Elizabeth Mccracken, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2021 The change would allow local governments to create a graduated system, with lower tax rates on lower earnings and higher tax rates on higher earnings. Bryn Stole,, 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of graduated

1679, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for graduated

see graduate entry 1

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27 May 2021

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“Graduated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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