progress

noun
prog·ress | \ ˈprä-grəs , -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 \
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

Wauwatosa Police received a call at 12:38 a.m. from a residence at 1243 N. 116 St., Wauwatosa for a robbery-in-progress. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman and child injured during overnight home invasion in Wauwatosa," 13 July 2018 IndyStar Colts insiders Stephen Holder and Zak Keefer discuss the Colts offseason, Andrew Luck's progress and more. Channing King, Indianapolis Star, "Colts get boost in 'Madden NFL 19' player ratings," 13 July 2018 The group’s mission is to accelerate academic scientific progress and facilitate public engagement with the scientific process. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibit," 12 July 2018 And efforts made by tech companies to close the gender gap have boosted the fortunes of white women, while hobbling progress for women of color. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook's diversity efforts failing African-American and Hispanic women," 12 July 2018 Consistency hampered Liverpool’s progress in the early part of last season, the midfield was a big factor as there didn’t appear to be a set plan when things weren’t going their way. SI.com, "Why New Liverpool Signing Naby Keita Has the Potential to Become One of the World's Best Midfielders," 12 July 2018 Historically, and most certainly in the Obama era, summits tended to be action-forcing events, creating deadlines for both governments to reach agreements or make progress on negotiations on issues of mutual interest. Joshua Tucker, Washington Post, "Will it be ‘happy talk’ — or will Trump and Putin focus on arms control and other critical issues?," 13 July 2018 The Spurs want to keep Bertans and have made progress toward a deal, but no agreement has been reached, a league source said Tuesday. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Forbes, Spurs reach agreement on two-year deal," 10 July 2018 Star Trek sees humanity's future among the stars, and imagines our march of progress toward a more egalitarian society. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Harlan Ellison Turned Star Trek Into Something More. Could It Happen Again?," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

City officials say seven officers were injured when protesters threw rocks, bottles, bricks and metal poles, and that $100,000 in damage was caused to storefronts and vehicles as the march progressed from Logan Circle through Franklin Square. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Independent police group criticizes D.C. officers’ handling of Inauguration Day riots," 10 July 2018 But none were as embarrassing as Muslera’s which seemed to end Uruguayan hopes of progressing further in the competition. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Uruguay goalkeeper makes huge error to concede goal vs. France," 6 July 2018 Trump has appeared to grow more comfortable with his French counterpart as time has progressed. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "How President Trump Turned Handshakes Into a High-Stakes Showdown," 2 July 2018 Across the Strand, four storeys up, is a band of greenery, becoming lusher as the year progresses. The Economist, "London’s rooftop gardens are a breath of fresh air," 28 June 2018 The dew point won’t be excessive today, but as the weekend progresses both the temperature and humidity will increase. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Weekend To Be Increasingly Hot, Humid," 28 June 2018 South Korea still has an outside chance of progressing, but needs a big win combined with Mexico beating Sweden in the other group match. Houston Chronicle, "Mexico, Sweden advance from group stage; defending World Cup champ Germany eliminated," 27 June 2018 Its chances of progressing to the semifinal would be just 14% according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, which updates each team’s World Cup chances in real-time. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "England’s Latest World Cup Problem: Winning," 27 June 2018 Butvin is looking forward to seeing the camaraderie between the various acts in the lineup, who all know one another and will be building on each other’s music as the festival progresses. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Unfurling the Rich Tapestry of Armenian Culture," 25 June 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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Phrases Related to progress

make progress

progress report

work in progress

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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

: to move forward or toward a place

progress

noun
prog·ress | \ ˈprä-grəs , -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 \
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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