progressive tense


Definition of progressive tense


  1. :  a verb tense that is used to refer to an action or a state that is continuing to happen In English, a verb form in the progressive tense consists of a form of the verb “be” followed by the main verb's present participle.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  of, relating to, or characterized by progress

    :  making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities

    :  of, relating to, or constituting an educational theory marked by emphasis on the individual child, informality of classroom procedure, and encouragement of self-expression

  1. :  one that is progressive

    :  one believing in moderate political change and especially social improvement by governmental action

    :  a member of any of various U.S. political parties: such as

  1. :  stretched tight :  made taut :  rigid

    :  feeling or showing nervous tension

    :  marked by strain or suspense

  1. :  to make tense

    :  to become tense

  1. :  a distinction of form in a verb to express distinctions of time or duration of the action or state it denotes

    :  a set of inflectional forms of a verb that express distinctions of time

    :  an inflectional form of a verb expressing a specific time distinction

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to cast off or become cast off

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