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English definition of “gradually”

gradually

adverb     /ˈɡræd.jʊ.li/ /ˈɡrædʒ.ʊ.li/
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.Slow and moving slowly
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