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

The Trump administration is making progress in trade talks with the Chinese government to defuse their trade war, but the outcome of negotiations remains uncertain. Mark Niquette, The Seattle Times, "Business groups line up behind limits to Trump’s tariff powers," 4 Feb. 2019 Once that expectation really changes, America will start to see notable progress in solving its opioid crisis. German Lopez, Vox, "The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic," 26 Dec. 2018 Such a deal could help Apple make significant progress in its attempts to partner with more medical institutions and turn its mobile operating system into a repository for the storing and sharing of health data. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple might help bring veterans’ medical records into the modern era," 21 Nov. 2018 Trump, Pompeo and other U.S. officials have repeatedly reported progress in the denuclearization discussions with the North, but there has been little visible evidence of that to date. Matthew Lee, Fox News, "US seeks to keep North Korea sanctions despite progress," 27 Sep. 2018 There has definitely been progress in terms of telling more intersectional stories in the LGBTQ community, ones that put onscreen experiences that real people face. Terrence Chappell, Teen Vogue, ""Pose" Takes Place in the 1980s, But Conversations About LGBTQ Homelessness and AIDS Are Still So Important," 15 July 2018 On a more positive note for the Irons, the club report that Manuel Lanzini is making good progress in his rehabilitation from a knee injury while Michail Antonio has taken part in full training with the rest of the squad. SI.com, "Andy Carroll & Winston Reid Out for 3 Months After Injury Setbacks on West Ham Pre-Season Tour," 12 July 2018 But public records posted by the agency show little progress on the probe, which began in July of 2015 and remains unresolved. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags on," 20 Feb. 2019 There have been some recent, tentative signs of progress on reform, including marginally higher rates on big certificates of deposit and a slightly softer stance on wealth-management products. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "How to Depress Chinese Consumers Without Really Trying," 15 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Military space technology has not progressed nearly as far as aviation had by the middle of the last century. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why Trump's 'Space Force' Won't — and Shouldn't — Happen," 19 June 2018 That’s key for preventing their nuclear weapons program from progressing even more. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Meet the scientists keeping a global watch for nuclear explosions," 9 May 2018 Without proper treatment, frostnip can progress into frostbite, a much more severe cold-weather injury. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Signs of Frostnip (Which Actually Happens Before Frostbite)," 13 Feb. 2019 Exemptions for Canada and Mexico are linked to progress on renegotiating the North American Free-Trade Agreement; those talks restarted on May 7th. The Economist, "Europe must agree a common position to avoid Donald Trump’s tariffs," 10 May 2018 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

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 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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