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

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 In other words, relationships are a constant work in progress. Kimberly Dawn Neumann, Woman's Day, "How to Rekindle a Marriage, According to Experts," 27 Feb. 2019 The biggest news came today, when senior Pentagon leadership revealed progress in a plan to build an American airbase in Poland. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "It Looks Like A U.S. Air Base Is Coming To Poland," 13 Mar. 2019 Since then, several people behind the movie have given small updates on the film's progress. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Anne Hathaway Reveals That "The Princess Diaries 3" is Happening and We Need it Now," 25 Jan. 2019 Wednesday is World Mental Health Day, and to raise awareness for it, Lady Gaga is speaking out about just how much more progress needs to be made in that arena. Marissa G. Muller, Allure, "Lady Gaga Wrote an Emotional Op-Ed on Suicide and Mental Health," 10 Oct. 2018 The Trump administration is making progress in trade talks with the Chinese government to defuse their trade war, but the outcome of negotiations remains uncertain. Mark Niquette, The Seattle Times, "Business groups line up behind limits to Trump’s tariff powers," 4 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 As this World Cup progressed, England had started to feel that, perhaps, for once, fortune was on its side. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 This critical debate has not progressed much over the last two years. Greg Nojeim, Eric Wenger, Ars Technica, "FBI vs. Facebook Messenger: What’s at stake?," 2 Oct. 2018 As the video progresses, however, it is made clear that both of our initial guesses were very far off. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "We Would Like To Live In The House That Kylie Jenner Is Building For Her Dogs, Please," 5 July 2018 All six Premier League clubs that began the season in the main draws of the highly prestigious Champions League and the second-tier Europa League have progressed to the quarterfinals. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Premier League’s Big Six Is Out to Conquer Europe," 15 Mar. 2019 Lopez shares the first photo of her and Rodriguez's kids all hanging out, meaning things have definitely progressed. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez: A Complete Timeline of Their Relationship," 10 Mar. 2019 As the lawsuit progresses the evidence will emerge and the world will see how IAC and Match plotted against their employees and rewarded misconduct. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Tinder fires its head of comms, following her participation in a $2 billion lawsuit against Match," 18 Dec. 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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