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

Other Words from progression

progressional \ prə-​ˈgresh-​nəl How to pronounce progression (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 Getting deeper into games has been seen as a sort of final step in that progression. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2022 The longtime marketing exec is now the founder of Pando, an employee career progression platform that aims to make the insights gleaned from an annual review available year-round—an innovation Gago claims can help stem the Great Resignation. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2022 One of Palmer's closest friends, the fantasy writer Jo Walton, tells me that, for a person who thinks a lot about the progression of events, Palmer has absolutely no concept of time. Gregory Barber, Wired, 10 Feb. 2022 People don't like to talk about progression or having stage four breast cancer. Paige Stables, Allure, 4 Oct. 2021 Despite the errant throws, Reich couldn’t help but feel optimistic about his progression through rehabilitation. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Aug. 2021 Earlier this year, the model opened up to ELLE about the progression of her relationship with Justin. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Aug. 2021 Sitting down to chat after a day filled with activities, the pair talked about their progression since week one and how hometowns week was approaching. Dory Jackson,, 19 July 2021 To hear more from Schafer, including more about her progression from model to actress to screenwriter and producer, watch the full interview above. Marcus Jones,, 17 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of progression

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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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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