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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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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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