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gradual

adjective uk   /ˈɡræd.jʊ.əl/ /ˈɡrædʒ.ʊ.əl/ us  
B2 happening or changing slowly over a long period of time or distance: There has been a gradual improvement in our sales figures over the last two years. As you go further south, you will notice a gradual change of climate.
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