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Gradually; in steps. I've been putting $50 aside every month to increase my savings account by degrees.
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Gradually, by successive steps or stages. For example, By degrees he began to delegate more and more of his duties to his staff. [Mid-1500s] Also see by inches.
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by deˈgreeslittle by little; gradually: The country’s economy won’t improve straight away, but will only get better by degrees.
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Little by little; gradually.
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