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grad·u·al

 (grăj′o͞o-əl)
adj.
Occurring or developing slowly or by small increments: gradual erosion; a gradual slope.
n. Roman Catholic Church
1. The liturgical book containing the chants for the Mass.
2. A biblical text sung between the Epistle and the Gospel of the Mass.

[Middle English, having steps, from Medieval Latin graduālis, from Latin gradus, step; see grade. N., Middle English, from Medieval Latin graduāle, the part of the service sung by the choir from the altar steps, gradual, from neuter sing. of graduālis.]

grad′u·al·ly adv.
grad′u·al·ness n.
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Adv.1.gradually - in a gradual mannergradually - in a gradual manner; "the snake moved gradually toward its victim"

gradually

Translations
تَدْرِيجيّاًتَدريجِيّا
postupně
gradvist
vähitellen
postupno
smám saman
徐々に
점차
postopno
gradvis
อย่างค่อยเป็นค่อยไป
dần dần

gradually

[ˈgrædjʊəlɪ] ADV
1. (= slowly) → gradualmente, paulatinamente
the situation was gradually improvingla situación iba mejorando gradualmente or paulatinamente
2. (= not steeply) → suavemente
the ground rises gradually to the northel terreno se va elevando suavemente hacia el norte

gradually

[ˈgrædʒuəli] advpeu à peu
We gradually got used to it → Nous nous y sommes habitués peu à peu.

gradually

advnach und nach, allmählich; slopesanft

gradually

[ˈgrædjʊəlɪ] advgradualmente, poco alla volta

gradual

(ˈgradjuəl) adjective
happening gently and slowly. a gradual rise in temperature.
ˈgradually adverb
His health is gradually improving.

gradually

تَدْرِيجيّاً postupně gradvist nach und nach σταδιακά gradualmente vähitellen graduellement postupno gradualmente 徐々に 점차 geleidelijk gradvis stopniowo gradualmente постепенно gradvis อย่างค่อยเป็นค่อยไป adım adım dần dần 逐渐地

gradually

adv gradualmente, poco a poco
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First, moving with all care, I gradually baled out the coracle with my sea-cap; then, getting my eye once more above the gunwale, I set myself to study how it was she managed to slip so quietly through the rollers.
With this object his staff was gradually reconstructed and its real strength removed and transferred to the Emperor.
Such were some of the motley populace of the wilderness, incident to the fur trade, who were gradually attracted to the new settlement of Astoria.
After this, he gradually led him towards the pool in which he lived, until reaching the very brink, he suddenly jumped in, dragging the Mouse with him.
Now, it being Christmas when the ship shot from out her harbor, for a space we had biting Polar weather, though all the time running away from it to the southward; and by every degree and minute of latitude which we sailed, gradually leaving that merciless winter, and all its intolerable weather behind us.
They were from fifty to one hundred yards long, and they gradually tapered from a nine-log breadth at their sterns, to a three-log breadth at their bow-ends.
I tried to persuade myself than an obscure feeling of revolt had been gradually coming to a head in his slow mind, but to challenge this was the undoubted fact that he had never shown any impatience with the monotony of his life.
The fresh air of the morning had penetrated the recess, and its influence was gradually felt on the spirits of its inmates.
Gradually the cool dim gray of the morn- ing whitened, and as gradually sounds multiplied and life manifested itself.
For all these reasons (I told Wemmick), and because he was my young companion and friend, and I had a great affection for him, I wished my own good fortune to reflect some rays upon him, and therefore I sought advice from Wemmick's experience and knowledge of men and affairs, how I could best try with my resources to help Herbert to some present income - say of a hundred a year, to keep him in good hope and heart - and gradually to buy him on to some small partnership.
At first her complacency disturbed me, but gradually it became part of my life at two o'clock with the coffee, the cigarette, and the liqueur.
The face is an object of curiosity for years or centuries, and by and by a boy is born whose features gradually assume the aspect of that portrait.