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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgraduallygrad‧u‧a‧lly /ˈɡrædʒuəli/ ●●● S3 W3 adverb  SLOWslowly, over a long period of time opp suddenly Jill gradually became aware of an awful smell. Gradually, my ankle got better.see thesaurus at slowly
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graduallyAs the weeks passed, I gradually accepted the idea of him leaving.The climate is gradually becoming drier and warmer.Some patients experience a slow decline in their health as the effectiveness of the drugs gradually decreases.Most patients gradually develop a resistance to the drug.She gradually got sicker and sicker.The first dilemma has been discussed: the managers gradually learned that their subordinates varied extensively in skill and motivation.It began to slide toward the gradually opening door.These cost reductions occurred gradually over a six-year period.Then gradually twitches of life manifested themselves and it is now as well as can be expected.
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