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

c : sequence sense 2c

Keep scrolling for more

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

Recent Examples on the Web

There’s a gradual progression from traditional forms and vertical structure at the front of the house to more modern, open, horizontal spaces at the rear. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Bill Shakespeare Would Be Proud To Live In This House," 5 Oct. 2018 So don't put too much on the technicality of just one act, and instead think of ~Losing It~ as a progression. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "14 Things No One Tells You About Losing Your Virginity," 22 Aug. 2018 And this seems to have cycled very quickly in terms of just a quick progression towards abolishing ICE. Fox News, "Democrats' new rallying cry: 'Abolish ICE'," 30 June 2018 Tencent frames its interest in retailing not as an attack on Alibaba as such but rather as a logical progression of its business. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 The recent media day at Wembley, where all 23 players were present to talk to numerous media outlets, was a breath of fresh air and showed a real progression from previous years where the two parties seemed almost at war with each other., "Why Gareth Southgate's Three Lions Might Actually Bring Football 'Home' This Summer," 18 June 2018 As a number of commentators have already noted on Twitter, no running career is a linear progression towards success. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "What The New York Times Got Wrong About Female Runners," 13 June 2018 Most programs employ a progression of time and speed over multiple weeks. Sara Klar, Pt, Dpt,, "Stay healthy: What is a good run/walk program for me?," 11 June 2018 The car is a progression and refinement of the concepts developed during the 2017 season. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Alta Mesa Resources, Entech Civil Engineers expand Energy Corridor offices," 18 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'progression.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of progression

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about progression

Share progression

Statistics for progression

Last Updated

2 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for progression

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for progression



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)

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on progression

What made you want to look up progression? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the figure or shape of a crescent moon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!