gradual Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “gradual” in the English Dictionary

"gradual" in British English

See all translations

gradualadjective

uk   us   /ˈɡræd.jʊ.əl/ /ˈɡrædʒ.ʊ.əl/
B2 happening or ​changingslowly over a ​longperiod of ​time or ​distance: There has been a gradual improvement in ​oursalesfigures over the last two ​years. As you go ​furthersouth, you will ​notice a gradual change of ​climate.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of gradual from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gradual" in American English

See all translations

gradualadjective

 us   /ˈɡrædʒ·u·əl/
changing or ​developingslowly or by ​smalldegrees: He has ​suffered a gradual ​decline in ​health over the past ​year.
gradually
adverb  us   /ˈɡrædʒ·u·ə·li/
Sales of the ​product are ​improving gradually.
(Definition of gradual from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “gradual”
in Korean 점진적인…
in Arabic تَدْريجي…
in Malaysian sedikit demi sedikit…
in French graduel…
in Russian постепенный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 逐步的,逐漸的, 平緩的…
in Italian graduale…
in Turkish azar azar, yavaş yavaş…
in Polish stopniowy…
in Spanish gradual…
in Vietnamese dần dần, từ từ…
in Portuguese gradual…
in Thai ซึ่งเกิดขึ้นช้า ๆ…
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…
in Indonesian berangsur…
What is the pronunciation of gradual?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“gradual” in American English

Word of the Day

costume

the set of clothes typical of a particular country or period of history, or suitable for a particular activity

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More