progress

noun
prog·​ress | \ ˈprä-grəs How to pronounce progress (audio) , -ˌgres, US also and British usually ˈprō-ˌgres\

Definition of progress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a royal journey marked by pomp and pageant
(2) : a state procession
b : a tour or circuit made by an official (such as a judge)
c : an expedition, journey, or march through a region
2 : a forward or onward movement (as to an objective or to a goal) : advance
3 : gradual betterment especially : the progressive development of humankind
in progress
: going on : occurring

progress

verb
pro·​gress | \ prə-ˈgres How to pronounce progress (audio) \
progressed; progressing; progresses

Definition of progress (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to move forward : proceed
2 : to develop to a higher, better, or more advanced stage

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Examples of progress in a Sentence

Noun

the rapid progress of the ship He made slow progress down the steep cliff. The project showed slow but steady progress.

Verb

The project has been progressing slowly. The work is progressing and should be completed soon. The caravan progressed slowly across the desert.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s turning out to be more challenging than first anticipated in some aspects while there’s been great progress and work done in plenty of other areas. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Razer is making a toaster, Sonic has human baby teeth," 3 May 2019 While legislation is pending to change this, progress is slow. Good Housekeeping, "The Real Meaning of Clean Beauty, According to Scientists," 11 Apr. 2019 While the progress against the four major cancers is cause for celebration, in other cancers, the gains haven’t been as dramatic — or there have been reversals. Julia Belluz, Vox, "We’re making real progress against cancer. But you may not know it if you’re poor.," 8 Jan. 2019 But keep in mind that not all progress will be obvious and tangible. SELF, "How Can You Tell if Therapy Is Actually Working?," 11 Dec. 2018 Honda has been working on autonomous vehicles since at least 2015, but progress has been slow. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Honda will use GM’s self-driving technology, invest $2.75 billion," 3 Oct. 2018 Enlightenment philosophers recognized that the crown, guild, church and village sometimes acted as rent-seekers stripping away the rewards for work, thrift and innovation, and in the process inhibiting productive effort and progress. Phil Gramm And Michael Solon, WSJ, "Enemies of the Economic Enlightenment," 15 Apr. 2019 Classic Crawl: On hands and knees, progress is made with one arm and the opposite knee, then vice versa. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "When Do Babies Crawl? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 28 Jan. 2019 In recent years there has been a lot of progress in the field of quantum computers. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "The Quantum Computers in Our Future," 14 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What Microsoft doesn’t show is anything but Cortana, even as the conversation progresses. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Cortana concept demo portrays her as a smart, competent AI assistant for the office," 6 May 2019 As rehearsals progressed, Honey Boo Boo says that things only became more and more intense. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars Juniors' Honey Boo Boo Faced a Lot of Challenges During the Show," 7 Oct. 2018 Karl Popper, the philosopher, said that scientific knowledge progressed through the falsification of hypotheses. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 July 2018 James McCann: Not likely McCann hasn’t progressed quite like the industry expected and can’t be viewed as a surefire No. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers trade deadline: Who's likely leaving, sticking around," 26 June 2018 Ford hints that the project of capturing guest information has progressed faster than the Man in Black might realize. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 9: The Many Lives of the Man in Black," 18 June 2018 This isn’t the first time James and Green have progressed their feud through tees. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Draymond Green Trolled LeBron James Via T-Shirt," 13 June 2018 As the afternoon progressed, though, stocks brushed off early declines, and the S&P 500 closed higher for an eighth straight day—its longest winning streak since October 2017. ... Akane Otani, WSJ, "S&P 500 Ekes Out Narrow Gain to Prolong Winning Streak," 8 Apr. 2019 By all accounts, McCarrick’s behavior — with adult seminarians, if not with minors — seems to have been widely known at the top of the church hierarchy, even as McCarrick continued to progress in the ranks. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A Catholic cardinal has weathered sex abuse allegations for years. Now they’re finally public," 29 July 2018

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First Known Use of progress

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for progress

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French progrés, from Latin progressus advance, from progredi to go forth, from pro- forward + gradi to go — more at pro-, grade

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progress

noun

English Language Learners Definition of progress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: movement forward or toward a place
: the process of improving or developing something over a period of time

progress

verb

English Language Learners Definition of progress (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move forward in time
: to improve or develop over a period of time
formal : to move forward or toward a place

progress

noun
prog·​ress | \ ˈprä-grəs How to pronounce progress (audio) , -ˌgres\

Kids Definition of progress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of moving toward a goal The ship made rapid progress.
2 : gradual improvement He's not a good reader, but he is making progress.
in progress
: happening at the present time The trial is in progress.

progress

verb
pro·​gress | \ prə-ˈgres How to pronounce progress (audio) \
progressed; progressing

Kids Definition of progress (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to move forward in place or time : advance The story progresses.
2 : to move toward a higher, better, or more advanced stage

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