What does progress mean?

Definitions for progress
ˈprɒg rɛs, -rəs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ grɛs; prəˈgrɛsprogress

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. advancement, progressnoun

    gradual improvement or growth or development

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

  2. progress, progression, procession, advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motionnoun

    the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)

  3. progress, progression, advanceverb

    a movement forward

    "he listened for the progress of the troops"

  4. progress, come on, come along, advance, get on, get along, shape upverb

    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 onverb

    move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

    "Time marches on"

  6. build up, work up, build, progressverb

    form or accumulate steadily

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROGRESSnoun

    Etymology: progress, Fr. from progressus, Lat.

    I cannot, by the progress of the stars,
    Give guess how near to-day. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    The morn begins
    Her rosy progress smiling. John Milton.

    The Sylphs behold it kindling as it flies,
    And pleas’d pursue its progress through the skies. Alexander Pope.

    Through all thy veins shall run
    A cold and drowzy humour, which shall seize
    Each vital spirit; for no pulse shall keep
    His nat’ral progress, but surcease to beat. William Shakespeare.

    This motion worketh in round at first, which way to deliver itself; and then worketh in progress, where it findeth the deliverance easiest. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Out of Ethiopia beyond Egypt had been a strange progress for ten hundred thousand men. Walter Raleigh, Hist. of the World.

    Whosoever understands the progress and revolutions of nature, will see that neither the present form of the earth, nor its first form, were permanent and immutable. Burnet.

    It is impossible the mind should ever be stopped in its progress in this space. John Locke.

    The bounds of all body we have no difficulty to arrive at; but when the mind is there, it finds nothing to hinder its progress into the endless expansion. John Locke.

    Perhaps I judge hastily, there being several, in whose writings I have made very little progress. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    Solon the wise his progress never ceas’d,
    But still his learning with his days increas’d. John Denham.

    It is strange, that men should not have made more progress in the knowledge of these things. Burnet.

    Several defects in the understanding hinder it in its progress to knowledge. John Locke.

    Others despond at the first difficulty, and conclude, that making any progress in knowledge, farther than serves their ordinary business, is above their capacities. John Locke.

    From Egypt arts their progress made to Greece,
    Wrapt in the fable of the golden fleece. John Denham.

    He gave order, that there should be nothing in his journey like unto a warlike march, but rather like unto the progress of a king in full peace. Francis Bacon.

    O may I live to hail the day,
    When the glad nation shall survey
    Their sov’reign, through his wide command,
    Passing in progress o’er the land. Addison.

  2. To Progressverb

    To move forward; to pass. Not used.

    Etymology: progredior, Lat.

    Let me wipe off this honourable dew,
    That silverly doth progress on thy cheeks. William Shakespeare.


  1. progress

    Progress refers to the advancement, forward movement, or improvement towards a goal or a higher condition. It involves steps or actions taken to achieve desired outcomes, which can be in terms of personal, professional, technological, societal, or economic growth. Progress can also indicate change - often positive - over time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Progressnoun

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

  2. Progressnoun

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

  3. Progressnoun

    in the growth of an animal or plant; increase

  4. Progressnoun

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

  5. Progressnoun

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

  6. Progressnoun

    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. Progressnoun

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

  8. Progressverb

    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. Progressverb

    to make improvement; to advance

  10. Progressverb

    to make progress in; to pass through

  11. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. progress

    The act, process or proof of moving toward a goal or succeed with a plan or project.

    The progress was crystal clear for all to see.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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  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

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  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

Examples of progress in a Sentence

  1. Zhang Jun:

    The trade talks are going on and we are seeing progress, i do not think its helpful for having a good solution to the issue of trade talks.

  2. H. L. Mencken:

    Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

  3. Justin Forsyth:

    For a million newborns every year, their first day is also their last. our image guidelines ensure all our communications reflect the truth, balancing the huge child suffering we witness with stories of hope and progress.

  4. Franklin D. Roosevelt:

    The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

  5. Dieter Kempf:

    I regret the fact that the chancellor's visit to Washington produced no palpable progress on the contentious issues between Germany and the United States.

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