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 console is the computer that monitors your progress. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "The best rowing machines for apartments," 27 Feb. 2021 As for Walker, his progress is slower, but he’s being trusted to play a bigger part in the Spurs' offense. Morten Jensen, Forbes, "Should The San Antonio Spurs Be Active At The NBA Trade Deadline?," 26 Feb. 2021 Historians don't know whether the school operators were unable to find a replacement for her or revolutionary fever swept up Williamsburg and halted its progress, Hurst said. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Researchers to restore what might be the oldest building in the US dedicated to the education of free and enslaved Black children," 25 Feb. 2021 Participants hit the road (or treadmill) on their own to complete a distance set by a race organizer, track their progress on a watch or phone, upload the data to an online platform, and receive a commemorative medal by mail. Alyssa Ages, Wired, "How This Old-School Road Runner Learned to Love Virtual Races," 25 Feb. 2021 Talking to families about death and dying has never made Yudt uncomfortable and her ability to have those hard conversations has helped her career progress. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘Doing the work that I love’: Six recognized as heroes by Carroll Hospice," 23 Feb. 2021 The hospital will continue evaluating Alfonso every day and monitoring his progress. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, "Alfonso continues to receive international attention while recovering in Woodhaven," 22 Feb. 2021 More and stronger sunshine accompanies our progress toward spring. Washington Post, "It was cold Sunday, but we’re in the 4th quarter of February now," 22 Feb. 2021 Put on a show or call a friend, and after about 15 mins check your progress. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Remove Dip Powder Nails," 18 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Economists said federal relief efforts helped change the economic picture, along with a boost in consumer spending when people got stimulus checks, relaxation of some COVID restrictions and progress on vaccines. Star Tribune, "New Minnesota forecast: $1.6 billion projected surplus in next budget," 26 Feb. 2021 Such concrete gains in prosperity and well-being, and progress on problems ranging from corruption to environmental pollution, have boosted the party’s performance legitimacy nationwide – including among China’s new middle class. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Vilified abroad, popular at home: China's Communist Party at 100," 18 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile, smaller nations are looking to Biden’s election as a return to normalcy and hopefully progress on climate change, especially in countries that are feeling the heat from rising sea levels and increasing tropical storms. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Biden Returns the US to the Paris Climate Accord. Will It Matter?," 21 Jan. 2021 But progress on gender-equity issues brought its own complications. New York Times, "Deborah Rhode, Who Transformed the Field of Legal Ethics, Dies at 68," 18 Jan. 2021 New state and federal legislation designed to streamline the prior authorization process and control prescription drug prices are essential to implementing such interventions, but progress on those fronts has been glacial. Brian Barnett, STAT, "Who’s choosing Americans’ medications — doctors or insurers? The bane of prior authorization," 1 Jan. 2021 But progress on the mainland will come much harder. Naomi Arnold, Washington Post, "An island nation’s audacious effort to save its unique wildlife," 31 Dec. 2020 Some of the pressure might be alleviated by better mass transit, but progress on that front has been painfully slow and public acceptance has been weak. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: California isn’t ‘hemorrhaging’ people, but there are reasons for concern," 24 Dec. 2020 In 1983, a 40 square-mile area around Tar Creek was declared an EPA Superfund site, but progress on a cleanup was slow. Popular Science, "Oklahoma floods are poisoning tribal lands," 23 Dec. 2020

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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 entry 1

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Time Traveler for progress

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The first known use of progress was in the 15th century

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1 Mar 2021

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“Progress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/progress. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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
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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