Synonyms of 'gradually'
Gradually, she began to trust him.
My resentment of her slowly began to fade.
step by step
I am not rushing things and I'm taking it step by step.
It was built piecemeal over some 130 years.
bit by bit
Bit by bit I began to understand what they were trying to do.
little by little
Little by little, he was becoming weaker.
The crowd was thinning, but only by degrees.
piece by piece
drop by drop
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Thesaurus for gradually from the Collins English Thesaurus
If something changes or is done gradually , it changes or is done in small stages over a long period of time, rather than suddenly .