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 Los Angeles County also is making progress with vaccines and reopenings. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Do I still need to wear a mask outdoors? There is a growing debate," 10 May 2021 His passing and defense have translated well after making the jump from Europe, but his scoring has been a work-in-progress. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons get strong performances from rookie class during 108-96 loss to Chicago Bulls," 10 May 2021 Chip making progress was most famously captured in Moore’s Law, a rule of thumb named after Intel cofounder Gordon Moore that states that the number of transistors on a chip will double every two years or so. Will Knight, Wired, "To Make These Chips More Powerful, IBM Is Growing Them Taller," 6 May 2021 States are making progress toward a more diverse marijuana industry but so far the push for social equity has been plagued with a lot of delays and litigation, said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project. Thomas Peipert And Michael R. Blood, Chron, "Marijuana social equity: Seeds planted but will they grow?," 3 May 2021 And Jhoan Duran pitched Saturday, Hassan said, and is making progress from a strain in the trapezius muscle of his shoulder. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Alex Kirilloff's success presents a roster problem for the Twins," 2 May 2021 The department is making progress on my directive to revise the foot chase policy. Cassidy Mcdonald, CBS News, "Fatal police shootings of Anthony Alvarez and Adam Toledo highlight longtime concerns about Chicago police foot chases," 2 May 2021 Like many other companies, Cohere figured out how to keep making progress in the remote-work era. BostonGlobe.com, "A startup finds its footing during the pandemic," 2 May 2021 That isn’t to say Pinterest isn’t making progress overall. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Investors Stick a Pin in Pinterest," 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As Ramadan comes to a close this week and the Sheikh Jarrah eviction cases progress in the courts, both the Israeli and Palestinian political systems are deeply in flux. BostonGlobe.com, "How a Jerusalem neighborhood reignited the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," 9 May 2021 As Ramadan comes to a close this week and the Sheikh Jarrah eviction cases progress in the courts, both the Israeli and Palestinian political systems are deeply in flux. Washington Post, "How a Jerusalem neighborhood reignited the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," 9 May 2021 George’s work has earned him, among other honors, the Othmer Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to progress in chemistry and science, the Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, and a membership to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Steve Vassallo, Forbes, "Missionary Misfits: Solving Inevitable Problems," 28 Apr. 2021 But city officials said last week that progress in vaccinations has bolstered confidence in reopening. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco's reopening: Here's what can resume in the city at 8 a.m. Thursday," 14 Apr. 2021 The veteran winger continues to progress from a lower-body injury that's sidelined him the past 15 games. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild takes a lesson from ugly loss to Blues," 10 Apr. 2021 The pace of transfer matters because NEC can progress in a matter of hours from subtle symptoms to a life-threatening condition requiring emergency surgery. Bryant Furlow, ProPublica, "Note: This story contains a description of the death of an infant.," 30 Mar. 2021 Pearl is excited to see how much more Kessler can progress at Auburn. Giana Han, al, "Auburn signs UNC transfer Walker Kessler," 26 Apr. 2021 Today, as Covid-19 deaths have surpassed half a million in the U.S., new virus variants are circulating widely, and vaccination campaigns progress, wastewater research will remain relevant. Miranda Weiss, Smithsonian Magazine, "Sewage Has Stories to Tell. Why Won’t the U.S. Listen?," 26 Apr. 2021

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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 entry 1

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The first known use of progress was in the 15th century

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“Progress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/progress. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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