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English definition of “one by one”

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one by one

B2 separately, one after the other: One by one the old buildings in the city have been demolished and replaced with modern tower blocks. They entered the room one by one.
Translations of “one by one”
in Chinese (Traditional) 逐個地, 一個接一個…
in Chinese (Simplified) 逐个地, 一个接一个…
(Definition of one by one from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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