pro·​gres·​sion | \ prə-ˈgre-shən \

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 , -​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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The next step in Wentz’ rehab progression will be participating fully in practices. Kalyn Kahler,, "For One Night, Carson Wentz Returns to the Field," 3 June 2018 So would that inspiration be a phrase or a chord progression or..? Nick Marino, GQ, "A Conversation With Country Legend John Prine, Your Favorite Songwriter’s Favorite Songwriter," 20 Apr. 2018 All those patients had died, but a retrospective analysis showed their suPAR levels eerily correlated with disease progression: Higher levels were associated with an earlier death. Stephen S. Hall, Science | AAAS, "What's your risk of kidney disease, heart attack, or diabetes? A single molecule can tell," 19 Apr. 2018 Skating is always about progression and pushing boundaries. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Big Air For a Higher Purpose," 6 Dec. 2018 There aren't any treatment options out there right now that can affect the proteins believed to be at the root of Alzheimer's disease progression, Dr. Tan explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Exactly Do Different Kinds of Alzheimer’s Medications Work?," 6 Dec. 2018 Patients who received the highest dose of the drug showed a statistically significant slowing of disease progression after 18 months of treatment, the companies said in a press release. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Don’t Chase Biogen Into the Unknown on Alzheimer’s," 6 July 2018 This should have been an experience of affirmation and tangible progression towards physical congruity to my truest self but instead was fraught with anxiety — the treatments weren’t working. Trésor Prijs, Teen Vogue, "How My Beard Affects My Gender Identity as a Trans Femme," 1 June 2018 An employee since 1999, Roch is well acquainted with the company’s career opportunity progression and is uniquely qualified to bring the company to the next level. Jessica Levy, azcentral, "Happy employees make happy members at Credit Union West," 14 May 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 \

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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