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 The popular Lakefront Marathon has not yet been canceled but runners who haven't already registered are being encouraged to wait and see how the summer months progress before signing up. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin sporting events, marathons and minor-league teams have rescheduled, canceled or changed. Here's the latest.," 28 May 2020 The grand prizes for the award include attending a World Series game and an engraved plaque that will hang in the family player progress wall in the academy lobby. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Reds Community Fund announces college signings of Reds Urban Youth Academy players," 27 May 2020 Multnomah County leaders will host a press conference Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. to give updates on the county’s progress toward meeting Gov. Kate Brown’s reopening requirements and their own additional safety metrics. oregonlive, "Multnomah County’s reopening plan updates: Watch Live," 27 May 2020 The judge also appointed a monitor to check on MCSO's progress in efforts to mend relations with Maricopa County's Hispanic community, which makes up 31% of the county's population and the majority of whom were born in the U.S. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Sheriff: Hispanic, black drivers more likely to be held longer in traffic stops than white drivers," 27 May 2020 As the pandemic progresses, both formal and informal transit will probably continue to face reduced ridership for months, if not years. Flavie Halais, Wired, "Informal Transit Is Crucial for Some. Can It Weather Covid-19?," 24 May 2020 Still, on the day before Memorial Day, Jenkins once again cautioned the county’s progress as a job that isn’t finished. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "‘Good news’ continues in Dallas County as its reports 178 new coronavirus cases and 1 death," 24 May 2020 North Carolina also has made testing progress, reporting on an all-time high of more than 12,000 additional tests completed Friday compared to the previous day. Matthew Perrone, Time, "As Parts of the U.S. Reopen, Most States Fall Short of Expert-Approved Coronavirus Testing Levels," 16 May 2020 North Carolina also has made testing progress, reporting on an all-time high of more than 12,000 additional tests completed Friday compared to the previous day. Matthew Perrone, Brian Witte And Nicky Forster, Houston Chronicle, "Most US states fall short of recommended testing levels," 16 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Delaying a mammogram for a month or two shouldn’t be a problem, but pushing it off for six months or waiting until next year allows a cancer that could have been caught early to progress. Kasandra Brabaw, Health.com, "Is it Safe to Get a Mammogram During COVID-19? Here's What Ob-Gyns Say," 28 May 2020 The former Richmond Foster standout continued to progress last season before missing the last three games of the season due to injury. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "UNT top 15 postscript: Five players who could emerge as key playmakers next season," 24 May 2020 And here there’s a very distinct pattern: the solo trialists feel increasingly negative as the race progresses, while the racers stay at a relatively stable level. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Why Hard Exercise Feels Worse When You’re Alone," 26 Apr. 2020 The report also looks to the past for potential lessons about how COVID-19 may progress. Fox News, "Coronavirus may not diminish in warmer weather, new study finds," 11 Apr. 2020 Here’s a look at the top stories of the last week: Promise and progress stall. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California Week in Review: The cost of containment," 11 Apr. 2020 Yet as the race progressed, some of the most prominent women in the party seemed to have very little to say. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "Was It Always Going to Be the Last Men Standing?," 11 Mar. 2020 Some streets along the route will be closed starting at 4 a.m. and will reopen as the race progresses. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Watch out for these marathon-related road closures in Mesa on Saturday," 7 Feb. 2020 Ultimately, however, the disease began to progress again, and one of the patients has since died. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First clinical trial of gene editing to help target cancer," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Progress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/progress. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for progress

progress

noun
How to pronounce progress (audio)

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
How to pronounce progress (audio)

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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