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

That rollout is still in progress and the company is being cautious so as not to degrade customers’ service. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Sticky Wi-Fi Problem: Why Your Phone Hangs Up on You," 6 Dec. 2018 The former remains in progress, but under Mike Griffin's leadership in the 2000s, NASA canceled a Europa mission. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 2018 Season 3 is in progress, but recent episodes are on Hulu. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The Verge’s guide to tolerable family streaming entertainment," 21 Nov. 2018 But the effort to bring together activists aligned with competing campaigns remains a work in progress. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Democrats push for unity in California House races after bruising primary," 13 July 2018 Prices for copper have also received a lift from hopes of progress in trade relations between the U.S. and China, after talks between top officials resumed earlier this week. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Copper Gains as Dollar Weakens," 16 Nov. 2018 Righteous anger is the stuff of progress, while bitterness is fuel for stagnation and disease. Megan Feldman Bettencourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Forgiveness Has Been Weaponized Against Women," 25 Sep. 2018 Remember, Libra darling, our horizons always extend past our vantage point and bravery is an important part of progress. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 Support at school Chulani said a lot of progress has been made for the LGBT community. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lying to someone about your identity is not means to a romantic end, and in real life, the betrayal of trust could be be a deal-breaker in terms of anything progressing in a relationship. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "I Really Tried to Like “Sierra Burgess,” But Catfishing Isn’t Romantic — It’s Harmful," 10 Sep. 2018 Despite getting a few low grades in art and geography, Express reports that Harry progressed in other areas. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Harry's Dorm Had a Tribute to Princess Diana That Everyone Missed," 31 Aug. 2018 The fate of these efforts is ultimately tied to progress in nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang. NBC News, "North Korea turns to basketball diplomacy ahead of Pompeo visit," 5 July 2018 Whiteside said equipment and air supplies have been successfully ferried in, enabling the divers to progress farther in to the cave system. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'Life-or-death situation': Rescuers face huge obstacles to free Thailand soccer team from watery cave," 3 July 2018 For someone whose family-planning goals haven’t progressed beyond putting blue and pink pegs in the backseat while playing the board game Life, is this all a bit much? Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "At 35, I Went to a Millennial Egg-Freezing Clinic—and Now I’m Rethinking My Future," 12 Nov. 2018 Even if diabetic retinopathy has progressed into DME, sometimes it’s possible to stop or even reverse the resulting vision loss, Jeffrey Walline, O.D., Ph.D., associate dean for research at the Ohio State University College of Optometry, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is How Diabetes Can Affect Your Eyes," 8 Nov. 2018 In total, 660 felony charges have been filed against the suspects, though more could be tacked on as the investigation progresses, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a news release. Fox News, "Disney World, Lego workers arrested in child pornography sting," 2 Oct. 2018 These showed a pattern that has continued as research into immune checkpoint inhibitors has progressed: extremely strong responses, including lasting remission, in a subset of patients, along with elevated risk of autoimmune responses. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Treatments that cause the immune system to attack cancer earn a Nobel," 1 Oct. 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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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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