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

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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 students are all over the map in terms of their progression in life, education, career, etc. Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Piano Institute draws students from around the world for piano and life lessons," 3 July 2018 Royals left-handed hitting Lucas Duda was taking throws and ground balls at first base before Tuesday’s game, the latest in his progression from right foot plantar fasciitis, which prompted a trip to the disabled list on May 14. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Royals activate reliever Justin Grimm, send Trevor Oaks to Omaha," 12 June 2018 Meadows, 23, has shown flashes of brilliance -- and brittleness -- in the minors, with injuries stunting his otherwise rapid progression through the organization. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball waiver wire: Franmil Reyes, Austin Meadows promoted," 18 May 2018 Left-hander Chris O’Grady (left shoulder strain): sent to Jupiter to continue his throwing progression. Matthew Defranks,, "With Dan Straily back, left-hander Dillon Peters shifted to Marlins bullpen," 30 Apr. 2018 Diaz didn’t let the incident derail his progression in his first season in the Miami Marlins’ organization. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins prospect acquired in Yelich trade thriving since scary moment at the plate," 9 July 2018 Together, the stories make up a sort of novella of ordinary family life and its progression. Brandon Yu,, "Yang Huang’s stories chart a family’s life in China," 27 June 2018 The new findings do not prove that the viruses cause the onset or contribute to the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, "Harder Evidence Builds that Viruses Play a Role in Alzheimer’s," 21 June 2018 More studies and clinical trials are needed to determine whether helping patients avoid fat loss early on in their disease progression is helpful. Justin Chen, STAT, "Muscle and fat loss may offer clues to pancreatic cancer’s deadly ways," 20 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 \

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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