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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Grad·u·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Graduated p. pr. & vb. n. Graduating ]
 1. To mark with degrees; to divide into regular steps, grades, or intervals, as the scale of a thermometer, a scheme of punishment or rewards, etc.
 2. To admit or elevate to a certain grade or degree; esp., in a college or university, to admit, at the close of the course, to an honorable standing defined by a diploma; as, he was graduated at Yale College.
 3. To prepare gradually; to arrange, temper, or modify by degrees or to a certain degree; to determine the degrees of; as, to graduate the heat of an oven.
    Dyers advance and graduate their colors with salts.   --Browne.
 4. Chem. To bring to a certain degree of consistency, by evaporation, as a fluid.
 Graduating engine, a dividing engine. See Dividing engine, under Dividing.