progressive

adjective
pro·​gres·​sive | \ prə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce progressive (audio) \

Definition of progressive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or characterized by progress
b : making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities
c : of, relating to, or constituting an educational theory marked by emphasis on the individual child, informality of classroom procedure, and encouragement of self-expression
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by progression
3 : moving forward or onward : advancing
4a : increasing in extent or severity a progressive disease
b : increasing in rate as the base increases a progressive tax
5 often capitalized : of or relating to political Progressives
6 : of, relating to, or constituting a verb form that expresses action or state in progress at the time of speaking or a time spoken of
7 : of, relating to, or being a multifocal lens with a gradual transition between focal lengths progressive bifocals
8 : or, relating to, or using a method of video scanning (as for television or a computer monitor) in which the horizontal lines of each frame are drawn successively from top to bottom — compare interlaced

progressive

noun

Definition of progressive (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : one that is progressive
b : one believing in moderate political change and especially social improvement by governmental action
2 capitalized : a member of any of various U.S. political parties: such as
a : a member of a predominantly agrarian minor party that around 1912 split off from the Republicans specifically : bull moose
b : a follower of Robert M. La Follette in the presidential campaign of 1924
c : a follower of Henry A. Wallace in the presidential campaign of 1948

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Other Words from progressive

Adjective

progressively adverb
progressiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for progressive

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of progressive in a Sentence

Adjective the progressive movements of the hands of a clock progressive forms of animal life Noun Believe” is never used in the progressive.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The race was a struggle between the Democratic Party’s establishment and its progressive wing, which has made attempts to unseat incumbents who don’t fully align with liberal goals. Erik Wasson, Bloomberg.com, "Moderate Texas Democrat Cuellar Beats Back Progressive Challenge," 10 May 2020 McGuffey appealed to the more progressive wing of the party. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Election: Charmaine McGuffey beats Jim Neil in Hamilton County sheriff's race," 29 Apr. 2020 Former Vice President Joe Biden picked up two major endorsements for president on Monday, getting the official backing of the top Democrat in the House as well as a prominent lawmaker from the party’s progressive wing. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Endorses Joe Biden for President," 27 Apr. 2020 Along with Sanders, Warren garnered the backing of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and amassed the support of a fervent base. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren endorses former rival Joe Biden for president," 15 Apr. 2020 But the fact remains that the Democratic Party today is a fractious coalition, and much of its progressive wing, which plays a key role in mobilizing support at the local level, has little enthusiasm for Biden. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Case for Joe Biden to Pick Elizabeth Warren as His Running Mate," 15 Apr. 2020 But even if that’s not the case, Sanders has the opportunity to pull Biden further to the left on some issues to ensure that the progressive wing of the party gets some representation on the national level. Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner, "2020 countdown: The March 17 primaries," 17 Mar. 2020 Tlaib, who resides on the progressive wing of her party, isn’t alone in this response when OCE came calling. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Members of Congress Have a New Strategy for Ethics Investigations: Stonewalling," 10 Mar. 2020 Biden and Sanders, representing the party's establishment and progressive wings, have long offered competing visions for the Democratic alternative to a second Trump term. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Phoenix debate, ahead of Arizona presidential primary, to feature reshaped Democratic race," 4 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For progressives who perceive injustices, their perception of the challenge in this season is for there not to be LGBTQ inclusion. al, "United Methodist split delayed, thanks to coronavirus," 15 May 2020 For progressives like Sanders and Warren, in particular, the billionaire Bloomberg is a made-to-order target. Ryan Teague Beckwith, Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg Tries to Get Past Stumbles Before Super Tuesday," 6 May 2020 Some progressives had expressed worries that canceling the election would reduce turnout, particularly among younger voters, and affect down-ballot candidates running as challengers against sitting incumbents. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, "Our 2020 Election Guide," 26 Apr. 2020 As some progressives have recognized, if there are no atheists in a foxhole, there’s also no laissez-faire in a pandemic. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "An Airline Bailout Should Have More Strings Attached Than a Harp," 11 Apr. 2020 Some progressives are looking at the night as evidence that Sen. Elizabeth Warren needs to throw her support behind Sanders, much like how moderates coalesced behind Biden this week. Rick Klein, ABC News, "Biden takes command of race, amid signs the party never left him: Analysis," 3 Mar. 2020 The young Democrat seemed to be able to pull together an eclectic coalition: young voters, older rural voters, moderates and some progressives. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Iowa Crystallizes Democrats’ Big Questions," 8 Feb. 2020 Acronym has received massive funding ($75 million) from Silicon Valley technologists and other wealthy individuals to build campaign tech for progressives. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Company That Botched the Iowa Caucus Was Formed Only Months Ago," 4 Feb. 2020 Social media following: Twitter: 279,000, Facebook: 300,600, Instagram: 74,300 Who will like this candidate: Veterans, some progressives, voters looking to reduce military spending. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Meet all the Democratic candidates in the crowded 2020 race," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of progressive

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of progressive was in the 14th century

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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Progressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/progressive. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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progressive

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of progressive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: moving forward
: happening or developing gradually over a period of time
: using or interested in new or modern ideas especially in politics and education

progressive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of progressive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who favors new or modern ideas especially in politics and education

progressive

adjective
pro·​gres·​sive | \ prə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce progressive (audio) \

Kids Definition of progressive

1 : of, relating to, or showing advancement a progressive city
2 : taking place gradually or step by step a progressive disease
3 : favoring gradual political change and social improvement by action of the government

Other Words from progressive

progressively adverb

progressive

adjective
pro·​gres·​sive | \ prə-ˈgres-iv How to pronounce progressive (audio) \

Medical Definition of progressive

1 : increasing in extent or severity a progressive disease
2 : of, relating to, or being a multifocal lens with a gradual transition between focal lengths progressive bifocals

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progressively adverb

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progressive

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Legal Definition of progressive

: increasing in rate as the base increases a progressive tax

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