the progressive

Definition of the progressive


  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 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

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to cast off or become cast off

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