progressive tense

noun

Definition of progressive tense 

grammar

: 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.

Learn More about progressive tense

Share progressive tense

Statistics for progressive tense

Look-up Popularity

Comments on progressive tense

What made you want to look up progressive tense? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!