intransitive verb-·dat·ed, -·dat·ing
to pass or cause to pass by imperceptible degrees from one to another; shade into one another, as colors
Origin of gradateback-formation from gradation
verbgra·dat·ed, gra·dat·ing, gra·dates
To pass imperceptibly from one degree, shade, or tone to another.
- To cause to pass imperceptibly from one degree, shade, or tone to another: gradated the light in the painting's background.
- To arrange in or according to grades.
Origin of gradateBack-formation from gradation
(third-person singular simple present gradates, present participle gradating, simple past and past participle gradated)