記憶技巧：grad 走 + ual 有…性質的，屬于…的 → 漸進地行走 → 逐漸的
1.Losing weight is a slow, gradual process
2.You can expect her progress at school to be gradual rather than brilliant.
3.The roads are built to accommodate gradual temperature changes
4.People tried to persuade him to go for a more gradual reform programme.
5.Age brought a gradual diminution of his strength and energy.
1.There has been a gradual increase in the birth rate.
2.The doctor noticed a gradual improvement in his patient.
gradual growth 逐步擴大
gradual slope 緩坡
little by little 逐漸地，漸漸地
1.Instead of giving people practice, the gradual reduction likely gave them cravings 癮 and withdrawal symptoms before they even reached quit day, which could be why fewer people in that group actually made it to that point.
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2.The biggest concern of pumping out water from this deep is the gradual settling down of the land surface.
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3.the gradual change of word meaning
4.Friendships are not made in a day, and the computer would be more acceptable as a friend if it simulated the gradual changes that occur when one person is getting to know another.
5.Whatever colour changes the ocean experiences in the coming decades will probably be too gradual and unnoticeable, but they could mean significant changes.
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6.While there are amazing stories of instant transformation, for most of us the changes are gradual and require a lot of effort and work, like cleaning up a polluted river.
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7.Grade inflation—the gradual increase in average GPAs grade—point averages over the past few decades—is often considered a product of a consumer era in higher education, in which students are treated like customers to be pleased.
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8.It takes more upkeep, burns more fuel and is slow off the starting line because it depends on learning—a gradual process—instead of instinct.
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