Definitions for progressˈprɒg rɛs, -rəs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ grɛs; prəˈgrɛs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prog•ressˈprɒg rɛs, -rəs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ grɛs; prəˈgrɛs(n.; v.)

  1. (n.)advancement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage.

  2. the development of an individual or society in a direction considered superior to the previous level.

  3. growth or development; continuous improvement:

    to show progress in muscular coordination.

  4. forward or onward movement:

    the progress of the planets.

  5. an official tour or procession, as by a sovereign or dignitary.

  6. (v.i.)to go forward or onward in space or time.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. to grow or develop; advance:

    a disease progressing slowly.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Idioms for progress:

  1. in progress,going on; under way.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of progress:

1400–50; late ME progresse (n.) < L prōgressus going forward =prōgred-, s. of prōgredī to advance (prō-pro -1+-gredī, comb. form of gradī to step; see grade ) +-tus suffix of v. action

Princeton's WordNet

  1. advancement, progress(noun)

    gradual improvement or growth or development

    "advancement of knowledge"; "great progress in the arts"

  2. progress, progression, procession, advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion(noun)

    the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)

  3. progress, progression, advance(verb)

    a movement forward

    "he listened for the progress of the troops"

  4. progress, come on, come along, advance, get on, get along, shape up(verb)

    develop in a positive way

    "He progressed well in school"; "My plants are coming along"; "Plans are shaping up"

  5. advance, progress, pass on, move on, march on, go on(verb)

    move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

    "Time marches on"

  6. build up, work up, build, progress(verb)

    form or accumulate steadily

    "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. progress(noun)ˈprɒg rɛs, -rəs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ grɛs; v. prəˈgrɛs

    improvement or development toward a goal

    a lack of progress; a progress report; She hasn't made much progress in math.; a patient making excellent progress

  2. progressˈprɒg rɛs, -rəs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ grɛs; v. prəˈgrɛs

    movement forward or toward sth

    With all the traffic we're making very slow progress.

  3. progressˈprɒg rɛs, -rəs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ grɛs; v. prəˈgrɛs

    currently happening or being done

    The contest is over, and judging is in progress.

  4. progress(verb)ˈprɒg rɛs, -rəs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ grɛs; v. prəˈgrɛs

    to improve or develop

    She is progressing well in all subjects.

  5. progressˈprɒg rɛs, -rəs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ grɛs; v. prəˈgrɛs

    to move forward or continue

    As the day progressed, she felt increasingly worried.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Progress(noun)

    a moving or going forward; a proceeding onward; an advance

  2. Progress(noun)

    in actual space, as the progress of a ship, carriage, etc

  3. Progress(noun)

    in the growth of an animal or plant; increase

  4. Progress(noun)

    in business of any kind; as, the progress of a negotiation; the progress of art

  5. Progress(noun)

    in knowledge; in proficiency; as, the progress of a child at school

  6. Progress(noun)

    toward ideal completeness or perfection in respect of quality or condition; -- applied to individuals, communities, or the race; as, social, moral, religious, or political progress

  7. Progress(noun)

    a journey of state; a circuit; especially, one made by a sovereign through parts of his own dominions

  8. Progress(verb)

    to make progress; to move forward in space; to continue onward in course; to proceed; to advance; to go on; as, railroads are progressing

  9. Progress(verb)

    to make improvement; to advance

  10. Progress(verb)

    to make progress in; to pass through


  1. Progress

    In historiography and the philosophy of history, progress is the idea that the world can become increasingly better in terms of science, technology, modernization, liberty, democracy, quality of life, etc. Although progress is often associated with the Western notion of monotonic change in a straight, linear fashion, alternative conceptions exist, such as the cyclic theory of eternal return, or the "spiral-shaped" dialectic progress of Hegel, Marx, et al.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. progress

    Getting free from theology, and substituting psychology instead.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'progress' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1338

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'progress' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2418

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'progress' in Nouns Frequency: #615

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'progress' in Verbs Frequency: #741

Translations for progress

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movement forward; advance

the progress of civilization.

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