pro·​gres·​sion | \ prə-ˈgre-shən How to pronounce progression (audio) \

Definition of progression

1 : a sequence of numbers in which each term is related to its predecessor by a uniform law
2a : the action or process of progressing : advance
b : a continuous and connected series : sequence
3a : succession of musical tones or chords
b : the movement of musical parts in harmony

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Other Words from progression

progressional \ prə-​ˈgresh-​nəl How to pronounce progression (audio) , -​ˈgre-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of progression in a Sentence

Doctors were surprised by the rapid progression of the disease. the natural progression of his musical talent
Recent Examples on the Web The victory was an especially momentous occasion for Hatton, having attended the historic tournament as a child, and was crucial for his progression into the top 10 of the world rankings. Steven Poole And Shane O'donoghue, CNN, "What a difference a year makes, with 2020 'the best of my career so far' for Tyrrell Hatton," 20 Jan. 2021 The progression under Mack Brown has been faster than expected. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Alabama, Georgia lead the way in early look at the Top 25 for the 2021 college football season," 12 Jan. 2021 With a new voice and new system, hope remained for these young players to rediscover some forward momentum in their progression. Jamal Collier,, "Chicago Bulls start the season 0-2 after back-to-back blowout losses. ‘They don’t handle (adversity). They don’t at all,’ new coach Billy Donovan says.," 27 Dec. 2020 Bless his soul, as this indicates his inevitable progression into middle age. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Automotive Guilty Pleasures: Window Shop with Car and Driver," 25 Dec. 2020 That’s a huge step in his progression from first-class bucket-getter to complete player. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers backcourt tandem of Darius Garland and Collin Sexton show growth in season opener," 24 Dec. 2020 Allen’s progression as a passer has been remarkable since his rookie season in 2018, but his rushing ability is not to be overlooked. C.j. Doon,, "NFL MVP watch, Week 12: Can anyone catch Patrick Mahomes?," 24 Nov. 2020 The continued progression of Davis-Gaither and Wilson are two reasons to be hopeful. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Bengals seeing 'good things' from rookie linebackers," 13 Oct. 2020 The difficult thing is that the progression of the virus is still unpredictable. Washington Post, "As U-Va. prepares to open online amid pandemic, university president says: ‘If things change with the virus, we’re going to have to change’," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of progression

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Progression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of progression

: the process of developing over a period of time
: a continuous and connected series of actions, events, etc.


pro·​gres·​sion | \ prə-ˈgre-shən How to pronounce progression (audio) \

Kids Definition of progression

1 : the act of advancing or moving forward
2 : a continuous and connected series (as of acts, events, or steps)

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