Definition of gradually in US English:



  • In a gradual way; slowly; by degrees.

    ‘the situation gradually improved’
    ‘gradually, his powers of speech returned’
    • ‘Continue gradually adding all the flour until it is the consistency of a dough.’
    • ‘The parliament is gradually getting its act together and is growing in confidence by the day.’
    • ‘The light seeped gradually through the trees as morning slowly came to the jungle.’
    • ‘He gradually built up a reputation and by the Sixties he was an international celebrity.’
    • ‘The family claim they were gradually abandoned on account of their lowly social status.’
    slowly, moderately, unhurriedly, cautiously, gently, gingerly, circumspectly, unspectacularly
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