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gradual

adjective  /ˈɡrædʒ·u·əl/ us  
changing or developing slowly or by small degrees: He has suffered a gradual decline in health over the past year.
gradually
adverb  /ˈɡrædʒ·u·ə·li/ us  
Sales of the product are improving gradually.
Translations of “gradual”
in Korean 점진적인…
in Arabic تَدْريجي…
in French graduel…
in Turkish azar azar, yavaş yavaş…
in Italian graduale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 逐步的,逐漸的, 平緩的…
in Russian постепенный…
in Polish stopniowy…
in Spanish gradual…
in Portuguese gradual…
in German allmählich…
in Catalan gradual, lent…
in Japanese (進行などが)ゆっくりとした…
in Chinese (Simplified) 逐步的,逐渐的, 平缓的…
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