day by day

day by day
adverb
gradually and progressively (Freq. 3)
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his health weakened day by day

Syn: ↑daily

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1 day by day they were forced to retreat: GRADUALLY, slowly, progressively; bit by bit, inch by inch, little by little, inchmeal.
2 they follow the news day by day: DAILY, every day, day after day; diurnally.
day

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day by day
Daily
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day by day phrase
in small slow stages as each day passes

She’s much better now and getting stronger day by day.

Thesaurus: graduallysynonym
Main entry: day

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gradually and steadily

day by day I grew worse

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day by day
: in small amounts every day

Day by day, the situation is becoming more complex.

She felt herself growing stronger day by day. [=every day]

◇ If you take it/things day by day, you make progress in a slow and careful way by dealing with each day as it comes.

He hopes to make a full recovery after his surgery, but right now he's just taking it day by day. [=taking it one day at a time, taking each day as it comes]

I don't know if our relationship is going to work out. I'm taking things day by day at this point.

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Main Entry:day

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day by ˈday idiom
all the time; a little at a time and gradually

Day by day his condition improved.

Main entry:dayidiom

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