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

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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 Metzger said residents of Pleasant Ridge and surrounding communities tend to be more liberal and progressive. Kaleb A. Brown, Detroit Free Press, "Pleasant Ridge art student designs signs that 'Say Their Names'," 24 June 2020 The Forbes data was publicized by the nonprofit Americans for Tax Fairness and progressive think tank Institute for Policy Studies, and analyzed by The Dallas Morning News. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "8 of Texas’ wealthiest saw their worth rise by more than $1 billion since pandemic began," 22 June 2020 The archetype can be prestigious, even progressive. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The death and life of the lawyer show," 18 June 2020 But his brand of progressive politics sometimes fell flat and he’s been criticized as being preachy on liberal values. Time, "Why Canada’s Failure to Win U.N. Security Council Seat Is a Huge Loss for Justin Trudeau," 18 June 2020 Walker’s ideas and progressive speeches were, for decades, temporarily lost to history. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The history of Black management reveals an overlooked form of capitalism," 18 June 2020 The letter argues Warren is key to reaching more progressive voters who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "More than 100 liberal activists urge Joe Biden to pick Elizabeth Warren as VP in letter," 16 June 2020 His endorsement could prove pivotal as Howard and Willis attempt to woo progressive voters Wise Smith had targeted in his campaign. Christian Boone, ajc, "Longtime Fulton DA forced into run-off vs. former chief deputy," 10 June 2020 That word also describes the critiques of progressive politics offered by the Times’ Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss: Their work is often glib and repetitive, marred by both factual errors and an incurious condescension. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Tom Cotton and the Elite Media’s Dalliance With Illiberalism," 7 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of the big questions of this election cycle has been where the Democratic Party will land on the ideological spectrum—and specifically how big the pull will be from the party’s energetic progressive left. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Progressive Energy Offers Joe Biden a Mixed Blessing," 27 June 2020 But then Charles Booker, a 35-year-old progressive and Black Lives Matter activist, entered the chat, and Booker vs. McGrath became one of the most exciting and promising races of 2020. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Can Charles Booker Win Against Amy McGrath In The Biggest Showdown Of Primary Season?," 23 June 2020 Not surprisingly, the conservative historian Roberts leans heavily on that speech in defending Churchill against charges of being a progressive. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Conservatives Might Want to Reconsider Their Love for Winston Churchill," 22 June 2020 Engel, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee,l has been in Congress since 1988, but just two years ago another veteran New York City Democrat, Rep. Joe Crowley, lost his seat to freshman progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Fox News, "Who is Jamaal Bowman? The progressive newcomer looking to unseat Elliot Engel," 20 June 2020 Within 72 hours of the viral video, Bowman raised $264,000 and picked up the endorsement of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York progressive who knocked off longtime incumbent Joe Crowley in 2018. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, "Eliot Engel faces potential upset from progressive primary challenger," 16 June 2020 The former Vice-President’s consolidation of progressives in Washington has been more successful. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden’s Pitch to the Left," 15 May 2020 The notion has been circulating for months among progressives in Congress. Amanda Albright, Bloomberg.com, "Democrats Push for Fed to Decide Who Gets Municipal Rescue," 10 May 2020 The fear among progressives is that the proposal would ease regulations for air pollution, for instance, which would benefit the energy industry. Kelsey Brugger, Science | AAAS, "Trump administration expands reach of EPA secret science proposal," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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“Progressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/progressive. Accessed 8 Jul. 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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