a) To change imperceptibly from one gradation of tone etc. to another
b) To arrange in order of grades

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  • Gradate — Gra date, v. t. [See {Grade}.] 1. To grade or arrange (parts in a whole, colors in painting, etc.), so that they shall harmonize. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) To bring to a certain strength or grade of concentration; as, to gradate a saline solution …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gradate — (v.) 1753, back formation from GRADATION (Cf. gradation). Related: Gradated; gradating …   Etymology dictionary

  • gradate — *class, grade, rank, rate, graduate Analogous words: *order, arrange: divide, *separate: classify, *assort, sort: differentiate, discriminate, demarcate, *distinguish …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gradate — [grā′dāt΄] vt., vi. gradated, gradating [back form. < GRADATION] to pass or cause to pass by imperceptible degrees from one to another; shade into one another, as colors …   English World dictionary

  • gradate — /gray dayt/, v., gradated, gradating. v.i. 1. to pass by gradual or imperceptible degrees, as one color into another. v.t. 2. to cause to gradate. 3. to arrange in grades. [1745 55; back formation from GRADATION] * * * …   Universalium

  • gradate — gra•date [[t]ˈgreɪ deɪt[/t]] v. dat•ed, dat•ing 1) to pass by gradual degrees, as one color into another 2) to cause to gradate 3) to arrange in grades • Etymology: 1745–55; back formation from gradation …   From formal English to slang

  • gradate — [c]/grəˈdeɪt/ (say gruh dayt) verb (gradated, gradating) –verb (i) 1. to pass by insensible degrees, as one colour into another. –verb (t) 2. to cause to gradate. 3. to arrange in grades. {backformation from gradation} …  

  • gradate — adj. [L. gradus, step] Regularly increasing in size; arranged in a series; blending of colors …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • gradate — gra·date || greɪdeɪt /grÉ™ deɪt v. do gradually; change gradually; mix gradually …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gradate — gra·date …   English syllables

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