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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Jacoby Brissett is a big strong pocket passer who has mobility to fall back on and has shown the acuity to work later into his progressions. Andy Benoit,, "An Early Glimpse Into the Rodgers-LaFleur Marriage in Green Bay," 4 Sep. 2019 Matus also credits those around him for his progression, singling out Cain as a solid technician. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Freshman Michael Matus ready to make an impact on ASU defensive unit," 26 Aug. 2019 Global warming doesn’t mean the seasons no longer march through their yearly progression. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: Trump better know how to swim — sea-level rise may claim Mar-a-Lago," 18 Aug. 2019 That evolution is instantly noticeable on III, especially in its lyrical progression. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "BANKS Wants Women to Believe in Themselves When Nobody Else Does," 12 July 2019 Warming temperatures can also slow tropical cyclones, which can be a problem if their progression over land is extended, potentially increasing storm surges, rainfall, and exposure to high winds. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons, explained," 12 June 2019 Destiny 2 takes advantage of cross-save support that Google is bringing to Stadia, allowing players to share their progression between Xbox, PC, and Stadia. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Here are all the games coming to Google’s Stadia cloud streaming service," 6 June 2019 No matter how the conversation is initiated, allow your friend to maintain control of its progression. Emily Depasse, Teen Vogue, "What to Say if Your Friend Has Herpes," 16 Apr. 2019 During the interval when the rats ran in place, their actual location held constant, cells fired in their hippocampus to track their temporal progression: Some neurons were active for the first few seconds, others for the next few and so on. Quanta Magazine, "The Brain Maps Out Ideas and Memories Like Spaces," 14 Jan. 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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