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
Recent Examples on the Web From cornerback to safety to nickel to boundary cornerback to safety, has gone the progression. Eric Hansen, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: 6 compelling players heading into winter workouts," 8 Jan. 2020 Now, a new study published Wednesday suggests that lifestyle changes may help slow the disease progression. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Lifestyle changes may combat a dementia that strikes people in their 40s and 50s," 8 Jan. 2020 Untethered from linear progression, players were free to explore Hyrule at their own pace and create their own adventures. Matthew Gault, Time, "The 10 Best Video Games of the 2010s," 19 Dec. 2019 Now a sophomore, Jamal Sumlin shows the progression that is beginning to back his coach's lofty praise as one of the area's top point guard. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Sophomore point guard Jamal Sumlin’s basketball game opening up at Rhodes," 14 Dec. 2019 The chorus’s underlying chord progression also keeps things up in the air. Tyler Aquilina,, "Switched on Pop book excerpt: Why Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' is pop music perfection," 13 Dec. 2019 So there’s a feeling of difference among the stories but also of closeness (recurring themes, a common tone, a progression that is also indicated by the months in the stories’ titles). Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Emilio Fraia on Stories Within Stories," 9 Dec. 2019 The plot twists aren’t particularly surprising, but that doesn’t really matter: The enjoyment comes from watching the characters’ progressions. Matthew J. Palm,, "Mad Cow Theatre’s ‘Spitfire Grill’ sizzles with hope, charity and love | Review," 7 Dec. 2019 But the failure of several antiamyloid drugs in large clinical trials have suggested plaque buildup might be the wrong target to stop the disease’s progression once people show symptoms. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Skepticism persists about revived Alzheimer’s drug after conference presentation," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of progression

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jan 2020

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“Progression.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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