progress

noun
prog·ress | \ˈprä-grəs, -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 \
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

Police responded to a burglary in progress call about 3 a.m. Wednesday at the business in the 5000 block of Harrisburg. Houston Chronicle, "2 arrested after theft at Second Ward used car lot," 4 July 2018 For Grayslake Central’s Marcus Maristela and Kevin O’Brien, one game is not going to erase the progress made during a promising summer. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Comeback kids: Marcus Maristela and Kevin O’Brien help Grayslake Central reach regional championship game," 13 July 2018 As the noon tariff deadline loomed, Chinese social media were gripped by the progress of Peak Pegasus, a ship with a consignment of American soyabeans steaming to reach Dalian port before the deadline. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Concerns were raised about traffic and access by fire crews, issues McNamara said will be addressed as plans for the acreage progress. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "'Agritopia'-inspired development in works for StoneRidge?," 12 July 2018 Southgate also hailed the progress made by England since their shock defeat to Iceland in the last 16 of the 2016 European Championship. SI.com, "England Boss Gareth Southgate Hails Young Lions' Progress Despite Painful World Cup Elimination," 12 July 2018 Hays receives injection Showalter said that top prospect Austin Hays received an injection Monday to help the progress of a bone bruise and tendinitis in his ankle, an injury that’s limited his season to just 43 games. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Ramírez to start Saturday; Tillman expected to make final rehab start Sunday," 12 July 2018 Wauwatosa Police received a call at 12:38 a.m. from a residence at 1243 N. 116 St., Wauwatosa for a robbery-in-progress. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman and child injured during overnight home invasion in Wauwatosa," 13 July 2018 IndyStar Colts insiders Stephen Holder and Zak Keefer discuss the Colts offseason, Andrew Luck's progress and more. Channing King, Indianapolis Star, "Colts get boost in 'Madden NFL 19' player ratings," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That audition may have been nearly two decades ago, but the movie biz hasn’t progressed much since. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "America Ferrera Is DONE being Put in a Box," 22 May 2018 As the night progressed, and a few stars made their way elsewhere, others filled in, as if to keep the equilibrium intact. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "Rihanna’s Met Ball After-Party Draws Emma Stone, the Hadids, and an Impromptu Jaden Smith Performance," 8 May 2018 As the disease progresses, patients develop severe muscle tension and rigidity and may be completely and permanently disabled. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Environment Dangerous levels of heavy metals found at homes near industrial storage facility," 4 May 2018 But as things progressed, the Mustangs asserted themselves and pulled away by winning the final four games for what ended up being the match-clinching victory. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Marriotts Ridge girls tennis handles Howard to stay undefeated," 1 May 2018 As the night progresses, Atkins’s show starts to turn into more of a legitimate concert. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Where U.S. Special Forces Buy Their Weapons," 23 Apr. 2018 Both inquiries found that — over time — flooding progressed to the engine room, which caused the Alaska Ranger to sink. Anchorage Daily News, "A decade after the Alaska Ranger sank, a survivor changes his story," 13 Apr. 2018 As the summer progressed, so did my gardening relationship with Peter. Sandra A. Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "The neighbor who helped us put down roots in a garden," 13 July 2018 As time progressed, more and more whimsical creatures slowly brought downtown Berkley to life Thursday as Grand Rapids artist Jordan Hartz worked his way through it with nothing but a box of chalk, paper towel and charcoal. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Artist with special needs brightens up Berkley with chalk drawings," 12 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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Phrases Related to progress

make progress

progress report

work in progress

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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

: to move forward or toward a place

progress

noun
prog·ress | \ˈprä-grəs, -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 \
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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