What does progress mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word progress.

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"

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

  11. Origin: [L. progressus, from progredi, p. p. progressus, to go forth or forward; pro forward + gradi to step, go: cf. F. progrs. See Grade.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Progress

    prog′res, n. a going forward or onward: advance: improvement of any kind: proficiency: course: passage from place to place: procession: a journey of state: a circuit.—v.i. Prōgress′, to go forward: to make progress: to grow better: to proceed: to advance: to improve.—v.t. (Shak.) to move or push forward.—n. Prōgres′sion, motion onward: act or state of moving onward: progress: regular and gradual advance: increase or decrease of numbers or magnitudes according to a fixed law: (mus.) a regular succession of chords or the movements of the parts in harmony.—adj. Prōgres′sional.—ns. Prōgres′sionist, Prog′ressist, one who believes in the progress of society and its future perfection: one who believes in the development of animals and plants from one simple form.—adj. Prōgress′ive, progressing or moving forward: advancing gradually: improving.—n. one in favour of reform.—adv. Prōgress′ively.—n. Prōgress′iveness.—Arithmetical progression (see Arithmetic); Geometrical progression, a series of numbers or quantities in which each succeeding one is produced by multiplying or dividing the preceding one by a fixed number or quantity, as 1, 4, 16, 64, &c., or 18, 6, 2; Harmonic progression (see Harmonic); Musical progression, the regular succession of chords or the movement of the parts of a musical composition in harmony, where the key continues unchanged. [Fr.,—L. progressusprogredi, to go forward—pro, forward, gradi, to go.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of progress in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of progress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The President:

    The reason it's important for us to understand that progress has been made is that then gives us hope that we can make even more progress.

  2. Adekeye Adebajo:

    I don't think in six weeks they can do what they haven't been able to do in six years, but they have made advances and progress and it's that progress he (Jonathan) is very keen to show.

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships.

  4. Dr Jaffe:

    Without the similar research base that we have in the United States for, say, fusion energy it's unlikely to make meaningful progress, if the Japanese make progress in the next five years people might start to notice and say' Why aren't we doing that here.' Ultimately, he said, space-based solar energy is like most novel ideas.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    Every major social movement, every bit of progress in this country, whether it's been the workers' rights movement or the civil rights movement or the women's rights movement, every single bit of that progress had required us to fight and to push and you make progress, you don't get everything right away, and then you push some more.

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