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gradually

adverb uk   /ˈɡræd.jʊ.li/ /ˈɡrædʒ.ʊ.li/ us  
B2 slowly over a period of time or a distance: Gradually, she realized that he wasn't telling her the truth. The bank slopes gradually down to the river.
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in Korean 서서히…
in Arabic تَدْريجيّاً…
in Portuguese gradualmente, pouco a pouco…
in Catalan gradualment…
in Japanese 徐々に, だんだん…
in Italian gradualmente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 逐步地,逐漸地, 平緩地…
in Russian постепенно…
in Turkish azar azar, zamanla…
in Chinese (Simplified) 逐步地,逐渐地, 平缓地…
in Polish stopniowo…
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