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

But in a series of progressive reforms from the late 19th century through to President Johnson, progress was made in each of these arenas and America created the first middle-class society. K.n.c., The Economist, "If capitalism is broken, maybe it’s fixable," 8 July 2019 Aaron Brault, a microbiologist with CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, says those studies are currently in progress. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The Meat-Allergy Tick Also Carries a Mystery Killer Virus," 8 July 2019 Khalilzad said substantive progress had been made on all four parts of a peace deal: counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, participation in intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations, and a permanent and comprehensive cease-fire. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 6, 2019," 6 July 2019 That’s in part, Lagarde argues, because the risk is limited when a crisis is already in progress. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Christine Lagarde says women should use the “glass cliff” to their advantage," 4 July 2019 Stanford continues to try and persuade the county to head back to the negotiating table, but so far no progress has been made. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Santa Clara County doesn’t budge on housing requirements for Stanford’s expansion plans," 2 July 2019 The problem may seem worse than ever, but progress has been made — and there’s a real shot to make more. Greg Lukianoff, National Review, "Against Conservative Pessimism about Free Speech on Campus," 1 July 2019 Blomkamp also revealed on Twitter that progress is being made on the script of the new RoboCop film and that the movie would channel the vision of Verhoeven’s sci-fi tale. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Robocop Returns will feature same suit as original film," 30 June 2019 The Hammers are thought to have had a £29m bid accepted earlier this month, along with Valencia, but no progress has been made on either deal - with Gómez instead biding his time in the hope of receiving further offers. SI.com, "Maxi Gómez to Reject West Ham Move as Uruguayan Striker Waits for Tottenham Offer," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Forecasters gave the disturbance a 100 percent chance of turning into a cyclone within 48 hours and progressing right on up to a hurricane. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Barry spins into first predicted hurricane of 2019," 11 July 2019 He was put on a special diet in December 2017 to help his kidneys, but the disease has been progressing. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "Pirate Cat — the Monon Trail's famed swashbuckling feline — is sick," 11 July 2019 Roofe in particular is a target for Rangers if Alfredo Morelos leaves this summer, and featured less and less for Bielsa as last season progressed – scoring just twice (in two games against Derby, coincidentally) in all of 2019. SI.com, "Exclusive: Leeds Interested in Burnley's Ben Gibson as Replacement for Pontus Jansson," 10 July 2019 Ramsey County debated a draft of its depute body camera policy this week — and the most spirited topic was the same issue that nearly prevented such policies from progressing through the Legislature years ago. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Old debate on homeowner privacy dominates talk on Ramsey County’s body cameras," 10 July 2019 The fact is, all the freedom and progress those other countries enjoy today would not be possible without the United States. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: America’s better than ‘just OK’ as New York Times says," 10 July 2019 Kids can start learning about money at an early age with a standard piggy bank, then gradually progress to using a checking account. Kim Porter, USA TODAY, "What parents need to know before sharing a credit card with their kids," 9 July 2019 In the weeks ahead, engine troubles plagued the convoy, which progressed at an average pace of less than 6 mph. al.com, "America’s military accomplished an amazing feat 100 years ago -- driving across country," 7 July 2019 As the film progressed in the darkened theater, at some point there was a rumbling sound and the theater's side walls (moved) to unite all three theaters into one 1,200-seat auditorium. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Preservation progress is slow for ‘controversial’ film at San Antonio’s HemisFair ’68," 6 July 2019

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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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