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Adverb: step by step
  1. In a gradual manner
    - gradually, bit by bit
  2. Proceeding in steps
    "the voltage was increased step by step";
    - stepwise
Adjective: step-by-step
  1. One thing at a time
    - bit-by-bit, in small stages, piecemeal, stepwise

See also: gradual

Encyclopedia: Step by step