little by little

adverb

Definition of little by little

: by small degrees or amounts : gradually

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Synonyms & Antonyms for little by little

Synonyms

gradationally, gradually, inchmeal, piece by piece, piecemeal

Antonyms

abruptly, suddenly

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Examples of little by little in a Sentence

little by little, we pieced together the jigsaw puzzle

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But little by little Georgia is becoming more of a purple state, and the film industry is contributing to that. Jeffrey Fleishman, chicagotribune.com, "Georgia’s abortion ban forces political reckoning among TV and film workers," 24 June 2019 But little by little Georgia is becoming more of a purple state and the film industry is contributing to that. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Georgia's abortion ban forces political reckoning among TV and film workers," 23 June 2019 In some ways, longtime fans have seen this change coming, little by little. Julia Prodis Sulek, The Mercury News, "On Warriors move from Oakland to San Francisco: Steph Curry and Draymond Green are sentimental," 7 June 2019 The new procedure on electronics - which was rolled out little by little so as not to interfere with peak holiday travel last year - is expected to be fully in place at all checkpoints by this summer. Fredrick Kunkle, chicagotribune.com, "TSA scanners can confuse food, explosives; Some travelers forced to remove munchies from carry-ons," 29 Mar. 2018 Our rights are being stripped away little by little. Diane Guerrero, Teen Vogue, "Diane Guerrero: Why the Fourth of July Is a Time for Activism," 4 July 2018 To make, put 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina powder into a bowl and add beer little by little. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Green Beer for St. Patrick's Day," 12 Feb. 2019 That’s all still being worked out, little by little. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "Storm-weary Carolinas worry Michael could hurt rebuilding," 9 Oct. 2018 Whiteside is working his way back into form little by little. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Who is taking the big shot late? Heat prove yet again it doesn’t matter for them," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of little by little

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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