by degrees

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Definition of by degrees

: very slowly : by a series of small changes The tomatoes changed by degrees from green to red.

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“By degrees.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by%20degrees. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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