What is the Meaning and Definition of GRADUAL?


What is the Meaning and Definition of GRADUAL?

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Slide 1: What is the meaning and definition of GRADUAL?

Slide 2: GRADUAL. Stress the 1st syllable, GRA◦jule

Definition: something that happens slowly, step-by-step

The clipart shows a bar chart, gradually increasing in size from left to right.

Slide 3: DESCRIPTION. We see the upper part of the ruins of the Colosseum in Rome, a reminder of the great Roman Empire.

SENTENCE EXAMPLE: According to some historians, the decline of the Roman Empire was a gradual process which occurred over four centuries.

In other words, the Roman Empire did not come to an abrupt end. Rather, it declined slowly, step-by-step.

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  • gracious
  • gradual
  • hospitable
  • impressive
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  • relevant
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  • ridiculous
  • squalid
  • supercilious
  • suspicious
  • sympathetic
  • wooden

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More examples of the word ‘gradual’:
City officials on Saturday allowed bars to begin selling takeout alcoholic beverages, as part of the city’s gradual reopening from COVID-19.
Source: washingtontimes.com/news/2020/oct/4/new-orleans-bars-serving-drinks-to-go-as-virus-cas/

I think if you look at the period since World War II, what you’ve seen is less pushback and contestation and more gradual acceptance of this idea of judicial supremacy.
Source: slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/09/supreme-court-democrats-constitution-judiciary-jamelle-bouie.html

The gradual evolution of their personal relationship is one of the central narrative threads of the series.
Source: washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/jk-rowlings-troubled-blood-is-her-most-ambitious-robert-galbraith-novel-yet–and-likely-the-most-divisive/2020/09/17/abeded18-f8f3-11ea-a275-1a2c2d36e1f1_story.html

If you are interested in the meaning and definition of gradual, be sure to check:
The Meaning and Definition of AGGRESSIVE

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