(noun, adjective)


1. proceeding in small stages

- a gradual increase in prices

Similar word(s): slow, piecemeal, stepwise, gradational, gradatory, graduated

2. (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

- a gradual slope

Similar word(s): easy, gentle, sloping, inclined

Sentences with gradual as an adjective:

- a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline


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

Definition categories: communication, antiphon, antiphony