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 progressional (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

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One of the big takeaways of the book is that loss, and finding love after loss, is not a linear progression. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "In No Happy Endings, Nora McInerny Is in Love With Both of Her Husbands," 26 Mar. 2019 But remember that this progression doesn’t all need to happen on the same day—or ever, even. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "Is Bleeding Normal After Anal Sex?," 23 Feb. 2019 Listening to the progression of her symptoms was like being taken on an anatomical tour of the brain. Suzanne O’sullivan, WSJ, "Confessions of the Miswired Brain," 5 Oct. 2018 The more things don’t change Combat and progression have been simplified compared to the previous sequels. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Valkyria Chronicles 4 review: Same as it ever was," 21 Sep. 2018 But only Simone's (Alba August) family greets this progression with a sense of alarm., "This Is How The Deadly Rain Wiped Out Everyone On The Rain," 4 May 2018 If a player wants to spend time painting and customizing cars, there will be a progression system in place to reward that player. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About Forza Horizon 4," 11 Sep. 2018 Subjects who received Bristol’s two immunotherapies were 42% less likely to have their cancer progress after a year of treatment than subjects getting chemotherapy, a measure known as progression-free survival. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "New Drug Combinations Improve Survival in Lung Cancer," 16 Apr. 2018 Fruge, a 29-year special agent who aims to close the case, hopes the reward money and age-progression photos generate new tips. Amanda Watts, CNN, "FBI offers $10,000 for info on fugitive charged in 1996 ValuJet crash," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of progression

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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