Definition of gradual adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡrædʒuəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrædʒuəl//
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  1. 1  happening slowly over a long period; not sudden a gradual change in the climate Recovery from the disease is very gradual. opposite sudden
  2. 2(of a slope) not steep
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin gradualis, from Latin gradus ‘step’. The original sense of the adjective was ‘arranged in degrees’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gradual