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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Bringing up cognitive decline with a loved one can be so fraught with pain, embarrassment and denial that many are reluctant to broach the topic until far into dementia’s progression. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "Why it’s important to say something if a relative exhibits signs of Alzheimer’s," 7 June 2019 Bungie is bringing cross-progression to Destiny 2 as part of a new Shadowkeep year three update. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Destiny 2 is getting cross-save support on Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia," 6 June 2019 By five years after first-line treatment with dabrafenib plus trametinib, the researchers found that 19% of the patients were progression-free and the overall survival rate was 34%. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Treatment for certain melanoma patients shows promise," 4 June 2019 The extension came after earlier findings from the current trial showed Kisqali typically doubled the time that patients remained progression-free from one year to two. Samantha Lauriello,, "A New Breast Cancer Treatment Can Extend the Lives of Younger Patients, Study Finds," 4 June 2019 On the other hand, all three have been shown to roughly double the time patients remain progression-free, Tripathy said. Amy Norton, CBS News, "Newer drug extends lives of young breast cancer patients, study finds," 3 June 2019 But his entire arc throughout the show thus far was his progression into being the Three Eyed Raven, which kind of feels like a full-time job. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Is King Bran Stark Still the Three Eyed Raven in the Game of Thrones Finale?," 20 May 2019 In Notre Dame’s annual Blue-Gold Game on Saturday, which concluded spring practices, Wimbush was forced to move in the pocket while maintaining his progression reads instead of relying on his feet to make plays. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Where Notre Dame's QB competition stands after spring game," 21 Apr. 2018 The racial wealth gap isn’t shrinking with the progression of time. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Lessons From the Gilded Age," 13 June 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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