Gradual - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɡrædʒuəl|  American pronunciation of the word gradual
Brit.  |ˈɡradʒʊəl|  British pronunciation of the word gradual

noun

- (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass

adjective

- proceeding in small stages
- (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

Examples

We noticed a gradual change in temperature.

The hospital has made gradual improvements in health care.

There has been a gradual change in climate.

Education is a gradual process.

a gradual shift toward more liberal policies

...the gradual disappearance of exotic lands in a culturally homogenized world...

the gradual deterioration of the weather

...the gradual devolution of the neighborhood from a thriving community of close-knit families to a drug-ridden slum...

He hopes for the gradual disconnection from the federation.

The island's population initially numbered 180, but there was a gradual decline until only 40 people were left.

the gradual erosion of our civil liberties

He is in favour of gradual, evolutionary social change.

Weight loss should be gradual.

The roads are built to accommodate gradual temperature changes.

Gradual change is preferable to sudden, large-scale change.

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