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English definition of “gradation”

gradation

noun [C or U] (CHANGE)    /ɡrəˈdeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ɡreɪ-/
a gradual change, or a stage in the process of change: The gradation in/of tempo in this piece of music is very subtle.Change and changes
(Definition of gradation noun (CHANGE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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