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

This is, maybe, how you get started toward becoming the next Will Beatty or Kendall Reyes, players who showed clear progress, year to year, and wound up in the NFL at a time when UConn was winning many of its games. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn sophomore Travis Jones, who lost 22 pounds after a successful 2018 debut season, could become the force that the Huskies’ defensive line needs," 4 Sep. 2019 In her statement on Tuesday, Harper-Marinick said the college district has made significant progress and has implemented changes that will yield positive long-term outcomes. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick to step down when contract ends," 3 Sep. 2019 The school district received 94 out of 100 possible points, in a rating broken down into three main categories: student achievement, school progress and closing the gap. Tyler Johnson, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood ISD reflects on A from TEA," 3 Sep. 2019 Launched in January, RAD aims to advocate for social progress on the red carpet and beyond by bringing together talent, stylists and brands to raise funding and awareness for charities. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Costume Designer Arianne Phillips Debuts Hollywood Social Advocacy Talk Series," 31 Aug. 2019 Panache just needs to find a way to speed up the pacing so that players feel that sense of progress and discovery without that punishing grind. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey’ brings a different past to life," 30 Aug. 2019 There has been modest progress in gender rights in Saudi Arabia and increased tolerance of religious pluralism in Dubai, for example. David Mednicoff, The Conversation, "Why increasing Arab-Israeli closeness matters," 29 Aug. 2019 In that case, symptoms progress and can include fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, a bluish tint to their skin, convulsions, and coma, per the CDC. Korin Miller, Health.com, "Eastern Equine Encephalitis Has Reportedly Killed 1 Woman—Here's What to Know About the Mosquito-Borne Disease," 26 Aug. 2019 Technology and communications companies led stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Monday afternoon as cautious optimism about the potential for progress in the costly trade war between the U.S. and China put investors in a buying mood. Alex Veiga, Anchorage Daily News, "US stocks climb amid signs of a thaw in US-China trade war," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Krystal's story, however, becomes increasingly absorbing as the narrative progresses and the situations become more absurd. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Kirsten Dunst shines in quirky 'On Becoming a God in Central Florida'," 23 Aug. 2019 Work on the China Garden is progressing in phases and may take a decade to complete, Husson said. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "Hmong Cultural Plaza at Phalen Regional Park gets early funding," 23 Aug. 2019 The chances of showers and thunderstorms will increase as the night progresses and will carry over into Tuesday. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Warm, humid conditions expected for Monday: Cleveland, Akron weather," 11 Aug. 2019 He has been increasingly pointed in his evaluation of the team as the season has progressed and already has dealt with several performance problems out of the public view. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles’ unfortunate Chris Davis-Brandon Hyde confrontation might end up serving a better purpose," 8 Aug. 2019 U of L was progressing toward its 2020 goal and reached an 18.7% reduction in emissions in 2016, according to a new university report. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky colleges have lofty climate goals but struggle to cut greenhouse emissions," 8 July 2019 That task may grow harder and harder as time progresses and even the most outrageous comments by the president begin to seem par for the course. Josh Lederman, NBC News, "As Democrats debate, for once it's not all about Trump," 28 June 2019 As the reactions progressed and the concentrations evolved, the amount of forcing would change abruptly. Quanta Magazine, "First Support for a Physics Theory of Life," 16 June 2019 Here’s how to do the moves: This particular TRX circuit is moderately challenging, says Mansour, though all of the moves can be progressed and regressed to meet your fitness level. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Core and Upper Body With This 5-Move TRX Circuit From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 4 Apr. 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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