- a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage: the progress of a student toward a degree.
- developmental activity in science, technology, etc., especially with reference to the commercial opportunities created thereby or to the promotion of the material well-being of the public through the goods, techniques, or facilities created.
- advancement in general.
- growth or development; continuous improvement: He shows progress in his muscular coordination.
- the development of an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than and superior to the previous level.
- Biology. increasing differentiation and perfection in the course of ontogeny or phylogeny.
- forward or onward movement: the progress of the planets.
- the forward course of action, events, time, etc.
- an official journey or tour, as by a sovereign or dignitary.
- to go forward or onward in space or time: The wagon train progressed through the valley. As the play progressed, the leading man grew more inaudible.
- to grow or develop, as in complexity, scope, or severity; advance: Are you progressing in your piano studies? The disease progressed slowly.
- in progress, going on; under way; being done; happening: The meeting was already in progress.
Origin of progress
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Examples from the Web for progresses
This progresses to Fox abusing Spinelli at Fox's home, forcing him to engage in various sexual acts.How Frank Spinelli Fought to Bring His Molestor to Justice
March 2, 2014
Are Phil's cracks getting meaner as Jubilee year progresses?New Philip Gaffe: “I would get arrested if I unzipped that dress!”
May 16, 2012
Then, as if succumbing to the charms of its nectar, the novel becomes more extravagant as it progresses.3 Must-Read Novels
The Daily Beast
April 11, 2011
She's very good at pinpointing the feeling of how it progresses, the ways to keep yourself grounded.A Fierce Debut
March 9, 2011
"I declare, our Bohemianism progresses famously," said she, half tartly.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
The disease often progresses slowly, and may last for years.
It progresses peacefully if it can, but forcibly if it must.Facts And Fictions Of Life
Helen H. Gardener
It was often customary for the kings on their progresses to give pittances of 4d.The Grey Friars in Oxford
Andrew G. Little
I watch my little romance daily, and will let you hear further as it progresses.The Minister's Wooing
Harriet Beecher Stowe
- movement forwards, esp towards a place or objective
- satisfactory development, growth, or advanceshe is making progress in maths
- advance towards completion, maturity, or perfectionthe steady onward march of progress
- (modifier) of or relating to progressa progress report
- biology increasing complexity, adaptation, etc, during the development of an individual or evolution of a group
- British a stately royal journey
- in progress taking place; under way
- (intr) to move forwards or onwards, as towards a place or objective
- to move towards or bring nearer to completion, maturity, or perfection
Word Origin and History for progresses
late 14c., "a going on, action of walking forward," from Old French progres (Modern French progrès), from Latin progressus "a going forward," from past participle of progredi (see progression).
In early use in English especially "a state journey by royalty." Figurative sense of "growth, development, advancement to higher stages" is from c.1600. To be in progress "underway" is attested by 1849. Progress report attested by 1865.
1590s in the literal sense; c.1600 in the figurative sense, from progress (n.). OED says the verb was obsolete in English 18c. but was reformed or retained in America and subsequently long regarded in Britain as an Americanism. Related: Progressed; progressing.
Idioms and Phrases with progresses
see in progress.