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progress

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noun prog·ress \ ˈprä-grəs , -ˌgres , US also and British usually ˈprō-ˌgres \

Definition of progress

1 a (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

Examples of progress in a Sentence

  1. the rapid progress of the ship

  2. He made slow progress down the steep cliff.

  3. The project showed slow but steady progress.

Recent Examples of progress from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of progress

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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verb pro·gress \ prə-ˈgres \

Definition of progress

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

Examples of progress in a Sentence

  1. The project has been progressing slowly.

  2. The work is progressing and should be completed soon.

  3. The caravan progressed slowly across the desert.

Recent Examples of progress from the Web

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First Known Use of progress

1539



PROGRESS Defined for English Language Learners

progress

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Definition of progress for English Language Learners

  • : movement forward or toward a place

  • : the process of improving or developing something over a period of time


progress

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Definition of progress for English Language Learners

  • : to move forward in time

  • : to improve or develop over a period of time

  • : to move forward or toward a place


PROGRESS Defined for Kids

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progress

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noun prog·ress \ ˈprä-grəs , -ˌgres \

Definition of progress for Students

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.

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progress

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verb pro·gress \ prə-ˈgres \

Definition of progress for Students

progressed; progressing
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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