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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gradually, bit by bit, step by stepadverb

    in a gradual manner

    "the snake moved gradually toward its victim"


  1. graduallyadverb

    In a gradual manner; making slow progress; slowly.

  2. graduallyadverb

    by degrees

    Human reason doth not only gradually, but specifically, differ from the fantastic reason of brutes. uE000153948uE001 Grew.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Graduallyadverb

    By degrees; in regular progression.

    Etymology: from gradual.

    When the moon passes over the fixed stars, and eclipses them, your light vanishes; not gradually, like that of the planets, but all at once. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    The Author of our being weans us gradually from our fondness of life the nearer we approach towards the end of it. Jonathan Swift.

    Human creatures are able to bear air of much greater density in diving, and of much less upon the tops of mountains, provided the changes be made gradually. Arbuthnot.


  1. gradually

    Gradually refers to the process of changing, moving, or developing in slow increments or degrees over time, rather than occurring all at once or instantly. It describes a pace that is progressive or step by step, and is often used to indicate subtle or controlled changes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Graduallyadverb

    in a gradual manner

  2. Graduallyadverb

    in degree

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gradually' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2799

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gradually' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3053

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gradually' in Adverbs Frequency: #220

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gradually in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gradually in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of gradually in a Sentence

  1. John Jontry:

    As Lake Mead drops, we will continue to see( power) generation decline gradually.

  2. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta:

    You lure your users by giving something free, and once they've got hooked onto it, you gradually start increasing the prices, it's the classic way all kinds of monopolies work across the globe.

  3. Krit Phromsakla:

    We have not been overwhelmed, we can still receive more patients but the number of people receiving treatment related to air pollution is higher, according to statistics we have collected from past 3 years, the number should gradually decrease when we approach the end of April… (but) we will continue to be vigilant monitoring the situation.

  4. Michael Brecht:

    For weeks, we would bring the nicest banana we could find in Berlin to the zoo, and she would always just straight eat it, there was some head scratching done. and we gradually figured out that it’s only brownish bananas that she peels. She never peels a beautiful yellow one.

  5. Michalis Pilides:

    It was difficult, there was a shortage of liquidity and bureaucracy in moving capital around, but gradually we got used to it and the situation improved, both the state and banks introduced deep structural changes and that was instrumental in regaining trust which allowed controls to be relaxed.

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