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v. grad·u·at·ed, grad·u·at·ing, grad·u·ates
1. To be granted an academic degree or diploma: Most of the entering freshmen stayed to graduate.
a. To change gradually or by degrees: "The most weighty of all the arguments against treating the races of man as distinct species, is that they graduate into each other" (Charles Darwin).
b. To advance to a new level of skill, achievement, or activity: After a month of diving instruction, they all graduated to back flips.
a. To grant an academic degree or diploma to: The school has graduated many gifted chemists.
b. Usage Problem To receive an academic degree from: How many chemists graduated the Institute last year?
2. To arrange or divide into categories, steps, or grades: graduate an income tax.
3. To divide into marked intervals, especially for use in measurement: graduate a thermometer.
n. (-ĭt)
1. One who has received an academic degree or diploma.
2. A graduated container, such as a cylinder or beaker.
adj. (-ĭt)
1. Possessing an academic degree or diploma.
2. Of, intended for, or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree: graduate courses.

[Middle English graduaten, to confer a degree, from Medieval Latin graduārī, graduāt-, to take a degree, from Latin gradus, step; see grade.]

grad′u·a′tor n.
Usage Note: Traditionally, the verb graduate denotes the action of conferring an academic degree or diploma, and this sense has often been conveyed in the passive voice, as in They were graduated from Yale in 2010. This usage still exists, though it is somewhat old-fashioned and may be slipping away. In our 1988 survey, 78 percent of the Usage Panel accepted this sentence, but almost half the Panel found it unacceptable in our 2006 survey. Nonetheless, this older use of the verb is both acceptable and widespread when the verb is expressed in the active voice and the institution is the subject: The university graduated more computer science majors in 2010 than in the entire previous decade. Another transitive use, in which the student is the subject and the institution is the object, as in She graduated Yale in 2010, does not find favor with the Panel. Some 77 percent objected to this usage in 1988 and again in 2006. The intransitive, and most frequent, use of the verb, as in They graduated from Yale in 2010, was ruled acceptable by 97 percent of the Panel in 2006.


increasing by regular amounts or gradesarranged in a series of levelsmarked with units of measurement; calibrated


(ˈgrædʒ uˌeɪ tɪd)

1. characterized by or arranged in degrees, as according to height, depth, or difficulty.
2. marked with divisions or units of measurement.
3. (of a tax) increasing along with the taxable base: a graduated income tax.


Divided into or marked with intervals indicating measures, as of length, volume, or temperature: A thermometer is graduated into degrees.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.graduated - marked with or divided into degrees; "a calibrated thermometer"
2.graduated - taking place by degrees
gradual - proceeding in small stages; "a gradual increase in prices"


A. ADJ [tube, flask, tax etc] → graduado
in graduated stagesen pasos escalonados
B. CPD graduated pension N (Brit) → pensión f escalonada


[ˈgrædʒueɪtɪd] adj [increase, escalation] → progressif/ivegraduated pension nretraite f calculée en fonction des derniers salairesgraduate school n (US)troisième cycle m d'université
to be in graduate school → suivre un troisième cycle (à l'université)graduate student n (US)étudiant(e) m/f de troisième cycle


(= rising)stufenweise zunehmend; increasestufenweise; (Fin) → gestaffelt
(= calibrated)mit Maßeinteilung, graduiert (form); graduated tube/measure/flaskMessglas nt


adj graduado
References in classic literature ?
Whatever his motive might have been, Laurie studied to some purpose that year, for he graduated with honor, and gave the Latin oration with the grace of a Phillips and the eloquence of a Demosthenes, so his friends said.
At the nicely graduated sound of Magua's voice, however, he betrayed some evidence of consciousness, and once or twice he even raised his head, as if to listen.
Then the king stroked the ulcers, while the reading continued; finally, the patient graduated and got his nickel -- the king hanging it around his neck himself -- and was dismissed.
You go there, enter the great door, get a bow graduated to your style and clothes from the gorgeous portier, and a bath ticket and an insult from the frowsy woman for a quarter; she strikes a bell and a serving-man conducts you down a long hall and shuts you into a commodious room which has a washstand, a mirror, a bootjack, and a sofa in it, and there you undress at your leisure.
Did he offer to lend you his class pin, or has it been so long since he graduated that he's left off wearing it?
With this assurance, the captain dipped his brush into a little lump of opaque color which he had mixed in a saucer, and which he had graduated as nearly as the materials would permit to the color of Magdalen's skin.
The scale of wickedness allowed to the waxwork British lady is most charmingly graduated.
And the next moment, in a voice that was already fairly well under control, "Have you a graduated glass?
After I had graduated I continued to devote myself to research, occupying a minor position in King's College Hospital, and I was fortunate enough to excite considerable interest by my research into the pathology of catalepsy, and finally to win the Bruce Pinkerton prize and medal by the monograph on nervous lesions to which your friend has just alluded.
There is a little bird- cage of an iron railing in front of every window clear away up, up, up, among the eternal clouds, where the roof is, and there is always somebody looking out of every window--people of ordinary size looking out from the first floor, people a shade smaller from the second, people that look a little smaller yet from the third--and from thence upward they grow smaller and smaller by a regularly graduated diminution, till the folks in the topmost windows seem more like birds in an uncommonly tall martin- box than any thing else.
Some thousands of young men are graduated at our colleges in this country every year, and the persons who, at forty years, still read Greek, can all be counted on your hand.
They were so many zones, where the shades of horror were graduated.

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