taking place, changing, moving, etc., by small degrees or little by little: gradual improvement in health.
rising or descending at an even, moderate inclination: a gradual slope.
Ecclesiastical.(often initial capital letter)
an antiphon sung between the Epistle and the Gospel in the Eucharistic service.
a book containing the words and music of the parts of the liturgy that are sung by the choir.
- grad·u·al·ly, adverb
- grad·u·al·ness, noun
- un·grad·u·al, adjective
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How to use gradual in a sentence
It seemed the plan was to slowly capture market share with a gradual introduction of new features across its platform.
Its gradual eradication meant ending the needless suffering and death of millions and millions of people every year.Smallpox used to kill millions of people every year. Here’s how humans beat it. | Kelsey Piper | February 5, 2021 | Vox
By Wednesday, we start clearing out and begin a gradual warming trend until another shot of cold air by Saturday.Updates: An icy morning with scattered snow showers developing into the afternoon | Jason Samenow | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
In October 2019, five weeks after finishing the AT, a doctor rechecked an X-ray of my left foot and cleared me for a gradual return to running.Did Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail Ruin My Body? | Grayson Haver Currin | January 25, 2021 | Outside Online
This has been a gradual, maybe too gradual, transition for our industry.By clamping down on DC rioters, Airbnb is finally acting like it owns the place | Rani Molla | January 15, 2021 | Vox
Utilizing fear, or taking a reasoned approach to gradual, incremental change?Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre | Marlow Stern | November 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now 88 senators are urging the Obama administration to take a very different approach to the group: gradual regime change.
Tshering is in favor of growth, he says, but a “gradual one and spread throughout the year.”
It also traces his days as a juvenile delinquent, and gradual rise up the R&B charts.‘Get On Up’ Star Chadwick Boseman on Becoming James Brown—With A Little Help From Mick Jagger | Marlow Stern | August 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That sounds small, but the buildup of Hezbollah forces in Syria was gradual, too.
The occupants of the room had been too absorbed with their own affairs to notice the gradual dimming of the illumination.The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
His departure in autumn had been so gradual, that it was difficult to say when night began to overcome the day.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
John Baptiste Robinet taught the gradual development of all forms of existence from a single creative cause.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
It is not exactly so, but is still very different to the gradual swell on the other Cremona instruments.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
That at some period of Man's gradual evolution from the brute, God found Man guilty of some sin, and cursed him.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
British Dictionary definitions for gradual
occurring, developing, moving, etc, in small stages: a gradual improvement in health
not steep or abrupt: a gradual slope
(often capital) Christianity
an antiphon or group of several antiphons, usually from the Psalms, sung or recited immediately after the epistle at Mass
a book of plainsong containing the words and music of the parts of the Mass that are sung by the cantors and choir
- gradually, adverb
- gradualness, noun
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