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gradate

gra·date

gradate

 
pronunciation:
greI deIt
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: gradated, gradates, gradating
definition: to pass almost imperceptibly from one degree to another, as in shades of color.
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The word gradate contains the following parts:
grad, -grade Latin root that means go, step, degree
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).