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 Biden administration issued a new eviction moratorium, responding to pressure from progressive Democrats. Will Parker, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 And last week, progressive Democrats including Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) sent a letter to Biden asking him to release the memo by October 22. Robert Farrington, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Sepúlveda was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurological disease known in the United States as Lou Gehrig's disease, in November 2018. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Oct. 2021 Sepúlveda was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurological disease known in the United States as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in November 2018. Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2021 Historically, postal banking has been an issue popular among progressive Democrats. Hope Corrigan, Quartz, 7 Oct. 2021 Manchin wants it in the final bill, while progressive Democrats oppose it. Jonathan Lemire, Lisa Mascaro And Alexandra Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Oct. 2021 Biden met with progressive Democrats on Monday and planned to meet with moderates on Tuesday. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 Those who join the walk get a free zoo wristband for the day, a bonus most enjoy thoroughly, though walkers never lose sight of their primary objective -- defeating the fatal, progressive disease and producing the first survivor of the illness. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, 24 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Campbell built her campaign on reform, particularly in policing, and Janey bills herself as the progressive who is already doing the job. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 And yet, the greatest trick that the imperious Cuomo pulled was successfully play-acting as a model progressive, and an advocate for women’s rights. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The progressive Left’s assault on the rule of law has hastened the wave of violence washing over the nation’s urban cores. George J. Terwilliger Iii, National Review, 1 Aug. 2021 The two victories gave Democrats, under President Biden, control of the nation’s legislative agenda, and the momentum to push for some of the progressive causes the players held dear. James Wagner, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2021 Trump’s election, even many on the progressive left became champions of the F.B.I. because of the Russia investigation and Trump’s attacks on the independence of the bureau. New York Times, 1 Sep. 2021 But storming a building is not the act of a patriot, and holding someone hostage is not the act of a progressive. Jon Tevlin, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 Those weren’t the words that many on the progressive left wanted to hear. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2021 Curtatone has also earned a reputation as an outspoken progressive with an active online presence, and during the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the most vocal municipal critics of Governor Charlie Baker’s decision-making. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021

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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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progressive

adjective

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

adjective
pro·​gres·​sive

Legal Definition of progressive

: increasing in rate as the base increases a progressive tax

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