Definition of “gradually” - English Dictionary

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“gradually” in British English

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graduallyadverb

uk /ˈɡrædʒ.u.ə.li/ us /ˈɡrædʒ.u.ə.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.

More examples

  • The sound of his footsteps gradually died away.
  • The bank slopes gradually down to the river.
  • The painful memories gradually receded in her mind.
  • As the plot unfolds, you gradually realize that all your initial assumptions were wrong.
  • Those who disagreed with the director's viewpoint were gradually edged out of the company.

(Definition of “gradually” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)