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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The president of the United States is in the events business too—a not altogether illogical progression from his previous career in the unscripted television industry. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Digging Into Trump’s Secretive Guest List for His ‘Social Media Summit’—Data Sheet," 11 July 2019 The progression really was from drill grounds or ceremonial places where troops were mustered. Andrew Zaleski, Curbed, "Can Apple stores be public spaces?," 3 Oct. 2018 The Dragon Quests and Final Fantasies of the world had some non-linear components, but character progression was always in a pre-determined straight line. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "“Aren’t you a little too old for that?” Two decades of playing Pokémon," 2 Sep. 2018 Lauletta possesses the traits Payton likes in his quarterbacks: leadership, intelligence, mobility and the ability to quickly work through his progressions. Jeff Duncan,, "New Orleans Saints Mock Draft 1.0: Meet Leighton Vander Esch," 5 Mar. 2018 For athletes, VDrill is a training tool that organizes their day-to-day sports lives, including managing training schedules, communicating with coaches and teammates, tracking progressions, studying film and more — all from one platform. Nancy Dahlberg, miamiherald, "Not every athlete can afford a top trainer. That's where VDrill comes in. | Miami Herald," 3 May 2018 Employees at the new warehouse will also have their pay increased to $19.55 an hour of a two-and-a-half year progression, the company said in a statement. Kyle Arnold,, "Starting wage $16 an hour for new Walmart warehouse in Cocoa," 11 Apr. 2018 The key will be to avoid setbacks while facilitating progression, which will require him to explicitly follow directions from the Blazers medical team. Colin Hoobler,, "Colin Hoobler: A closer look at Moe Harkless' knee injury and timeline for recovery," 5 Apr. 2018 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

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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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