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

Call it progress, the inevitable inexorable direction of taking control from the driver for the sake of automation, which incidentally, was first offered way back in the ’60s in the form of cruise control. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "The shift is on: Manual transmissions may be endangered but they're also beloved," 11 July 2018 That meant respecting the rule-making progress, staffing the agency with credentialed professionals, deferring to the Senate on appointments, and other matters of professionalism. David Roberts, Vox, "Tribalism fueled Scott Pruitt’s rise to power — and the scandals that came with it," 5 July 2018 Several months and two back surgeries later, Abby Lee Miller is showing off the healing progress she's made. Andrea Park, SELF, "After a Second Back Surgery, Abby Lee Miller Shows Off Her Healing Progress on Instagram," 2 July 2018 But, according to Goal, Chelsea have 'stolen a march' on the Serie A champions and their Premier League rivals after 'making progress' during a meeting with Golovin's agent. SI.com, "Chelsea 'Closing In' on Arsenal Target Aleksandr Golovin as Agent Hands Juventus Major Blow," 29 June 2018 But along with his nostalgia comes a strong desire for progress, a complex emotional interchange that speaks to Stanton’s ambitions as a filmmaker. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wall-E' References That Need to Be Revisited," 27 June 2018 Police responded to a burglary in progress call about 3 a.m. Wednesday at the business in the 5000 block of Harrisburg. Houston Chronicle, "2 arrested after theft at Second Ward used car lot," 4 July 2018 For Grayslake Central’s Marcus Maristela and Kevin O’Brien, one game is not going to erase the progress made during a promising summer. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Comeback kids: Marcus Maristela and Kevin O’Brien help Grayslake Central reach regional championship game," 13 July 2018 As the noon tariff deadline loomed, Chinese social media were gripped by the progress of Peak Pegasus, a ship with a consignment of American soyabeans steaming to reach Dalian port before the deadline. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Esparto resident Kimberly Pearson, 54, said her liver disease had progressed to the third of four stages by the time she was diagnosed with NASH. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "A liver disease you've never heard of is putting 12 million Americans' lives at risk," 7 June 2018 Thiem is keen to progress even further and to a maiden French Open final after being convincingly knocked out in the semifinals the previous two seasons by Novak Djokovic and Sunday's birthday boy Rafael Nadal. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "French Open: Marathon man Alexander Zverev makes first grand slam quarterfinal," 3 June 2018 Photo: adhikar/epa-efe/rex/shutterstock/EPA/Shutterstock Attracting top foreign talent with lavish salaries, the argument went, limited the opportunities for homegrown players to progress to the starting lineup. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "How England Rewired Its Soccer DNA," 10 July 2018 League sources said the Kings have shown interest in Hood, but the talks have not progressed to the point where an offer sheet is imminent. Jason Jones, sacbee, "The Kings still want a small forward. Here's why pursuing Rodney Hood makes sense," 8 July 2018 Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli and a string of fine second-half saves from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford were enough for England to progress to the last four. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Kane: England reaching World Cup semifinals 'probably not sunk in'," 7 July 2018 Maradona’s health was the subject of conjecture after Argentina’s dramatic victory over Nigeria to progress to the knockout stage. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Argentina legend Diego Maradona's behavior at the World Cup could be just for show," 30 June 2018 That audition may have been nearly two decades ago, but the movie biz hasn’t progressed much since. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "America Ferrera Is DONE being Put in a Box," 22 May 2018 As the night progressed, and a few stars made their way elsewhere, others filled in, as if to keep the equilibrium intact. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "Rihanna’s Met Ball After-Party Draws Emma Stone, the Hadids, and an Impromptu Jaden Smith Performance," 8 May 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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More Definitions for progress

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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