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

To get the most of your rowing experience, track your progress and remember your milestones. Isadora Baum, SELF, "10 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Indoor Rowing Class," 27 Jan. 2019 Murray tweeted a video Saturday showing his progress in a recent workout. Raul Dominguez, The Seattle Times, "Aldridge leads Spurs past Wizards 132-119," 27 Jan. 2019 For instance, try setting up a happy hour: Every day from 2-4pm, everyone can write code together and then celebrate by having a beer together (or kombucha, depending on your company) to celebrate your progress. Dan Ariely, WSJ, "An Antidote to Procrastination," 17 Jan. 2019 At a hearing Friday in San Diego federal court, the judge overseeing the process commended the government on its progress so far while urging officials to keep up the pace. Kartikay Mehrotra, BostonGlobe.com, "Reunited immigrant families face difficult choice: try to stay legally or leave children in the US," 14 July 2018 Gardner said the restaurant would post its progress and reopening date on Facebook. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Small fire temporarily closes Poco Loco Cantina in Brown Deer," 13 July 2018 Among all European countries, Ireland fares poorly on its progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Ireland Moves to Divest From Fossil Fuels," 12 July 2018 Celebrating the second year of the movement, the campaign looks back on the organization's progress thus far and also calls to double the number of women in leadership positions across all industries. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Celebrities to Wear Time's Up Ribbons and Bracelets at 2019 Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2019 Impending Astronauts Observers and space freaks flocked to Kennedy Space Center yesterday to see the most tangible, dramatic sign of NASA’s commercial crew program progress yet. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Most of my relationships continue to progress, but things are about to take another shocking turn when an unexpected visitor knocks on my door. Becca Kufrin, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 As the story progresses, the men discover things about themselves while dressed as women. Jen Banowetz, Naperville Sun, "Summer Place Theatre brings 'Sugar' to stage," 21 June 2018 Doug Pederson likes his two- and three-tight end sets, and if Goedert continues to progress, the Eagles coach should have the necessary personnel. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Dallas Goedert catching on quickly with the Eagles, shows promise in minicamp," 15 June 2018 But the way this particular story progressed spoke more about the nature of the post-draft NFL offseason than Flacco or Jackson. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "This supposed Lamar Jackson-Joe Flacco feud? A silly NFL summer storyline," 7 June 2018 Florida State coach Willie Taggart says quarterback Deondre Francois continues to progress on and off the field after his internal discipline for a legal incident at the end of spring practice in April. Safid Deen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "FSU's Willie Taggart says QB Deondre Francois staying on track during offseason," 5 June 2018 Student fan turnout was high for the girls' basketball season this year, especially as the team continued to progress through a very successful season. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "RHAM Basketball Champs Visit LOB," 14 May 2018 Right-handers Randall Delgado (shoulder) and Braden Shipley (elbow) played catch with one another from about 120 feet and continue to progress in their respective throwing programs. Richard Morin, azcentral, "What could Matt Koch's start on Friday mean for the Diamondbacks' immediate future?," 12 May 2018 Abrams also brokered compromises that led to progress on transportation, infrastructure and education. Essence.com, "Can She Turn A Red State Blue? Stacey Abrams Intends To In Georgia," 26 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'progress.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 , -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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