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 Delaware has a graduated state individual income tax, with rates ranging from 2.20 percent to 6.60 percent. David Rae, Forbes, 7 July 2022 Opponents of the graduated income tax formed at least five different campaign committees that raised nearly $63 million altogether. Paul Kiel, ProPublica, 9 July 2022 Most states with graduated income tax rates index their income tax brackets for inflation. Patrick Gleason, Forbes, 16 June 2022 South Carolina is one of the graduated income tax states that indexes tax brackets for inflation, but that annual inflation adjustment is capped at 4%. Patrick Gleason, Forbes, 16 June 2022 That’s because South Carolina is one of only 10 states with a graduated income tax whose top rate hits income below $20,000. Patrick Gleason, Forbes, 16 June 2022 As freshly graduated health care professionals, they all are required to serve an ao rural, working one year in a rural community in order to get their professional license or advance into postgraduate courses in medicine. Michael Forster Rothbart, Scientific American, 10 June 2022 To make: Cut paper straws into graduated lengths and group to form pennant shapes. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 6 June 2022 First, there’s the graduated hem, which is shorter on the outside and longer on the inside of the leg. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 See More

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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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“Graduated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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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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