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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.

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. Peter Lam:

    We would like to gradually step into the high-end market.

  2. Mohsen Qamsari:

    We don't want to start a sort of a price war, we will be more subtle in our approach and may gradually increase output.

  3. Purvi Raniga:

    Learn to plant the seeds of kindness, compassion, hope and love. Gradually we will have infinite reasons to thank universe.

  4. Paul Nolte:

    We are starting to see some states open up, we are starting to see some activity, we are probably now in the midst of the worst period and things will be gradually improving from here.

  5. De Caux:

    We believe the balance between supply and demand will return early next year and (will) gradually draw down the massive inventory surplus over the next year to two years.

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