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

However, the study isn't all doom and gloom, as the authors also note that America has made tremendous progress over 150 years in land conservation and passing the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act to safeguard air and water for its citizens. Fox News, "America loses a football field's worth of natural space every 30 seconds: report," 8 Aug. 2019 Blaming mass shootings on mental illness stops us from making forward progress. Jessica Gold, Time, "The Dangers of Linking Gun Violence and Mental Illness," 7 Aug. 2019 That could harm both countries' research efforts as well as global scientific progress, many say. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "China’s scientists alarmed, bewildered by growing anti-Chinese sentiment in the United States," 31 July 2019 Firefighters are making progress protecting homes in the Rock Creek area where the Left Hand fire is burning, the incident command team said Monday. Yakima Herald-republic, The Seattle Times, "Left Hand fire in Yakima County at 2,500 acres," 29 July 2019 Enter the new Big Sur Smokehouse: the first restaurant opening in Big Sur in 15 years, a model of right-sized progress, and an organic addition to the limited dining options in the tiny town (man cannot live on Nepenthe alone). Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "Pull This Pork, Dip That Chip, and 5 More Things to See & Do This Week," 29 July 2019 To John, the parallels to how Christianity had assisted his own father’s progress in America would have been clear. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 Apple has already made some progress in this direction, building a substantial office in San Diego, the metro area where Qualcomm is headquartered and where Intel was doing a lot of its wireless chip work. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Apple closes in on $1 billion deal to buy Intel’s modem business: report," 23 July 2019 Whether each player is able to make progress toward reaching their potential could be instrumental to their futures in Miami during the Dolphins’ rebuild moving forward. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Will anyone step up and have a breakout season for the Dolphins in 2019? | Countdown to camp," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The players progressed at their own paces, relying on timers to get them to important arrival points. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: At Fresh Sound concert, Flux Quartet challenges listeners with daring works," 7 Aug. 2019 His cancer has steadily progressed and has spread to his brain. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee advertiser Bill Eisner focusing on purpose rather than profits after cancer diagnosis," 6 Aug. 2019 No position group progressed further a season ago than the Gators’ offensive line. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Five things to watch during Gators preseason camp," 24 July 2019 Since the organization’s April poll, both Warren and Harris have progressed to close in on Sanders’ lead that now stands at 32 percent. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "New Poll Puts Sanders, Warren, Harris In Lead Ahead Of Democratic Debates," 23 July 2019 The nation has progressed forward, and regressed grievously, in fits and spasms on an epic scale. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 There is no word as to whether or not Rapinoe is injured, but her omission will be viewed as a huge blow to USWNT's chances of progressing to yet another World Cup final. SI.com, "Megan Rapinoe Shockingly Omitted From USA Lineup for World Cup Semi-Final Clash," 2 July 2019 The outcome was to break the cycle of sectarian violence, deal severe blows to AQI and the broader insurgency, and create space for the nascent political reconciliation and progress that had begun to occur by 2007–08. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 From 2001, the team quickly progressed and made the semi-final of the Asian Cricket Council Trophy in 2006. Philippa Velija, Quartz India, "Why war-torn Afghanistan is now a darling of the cricketing world," 11 June 2019

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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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