- 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 progressing
Justice Ginsburg underwent this procedure successfully and is progressing with her recovery.Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Risky Heart Surgery
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
November 26, 2014
The other stuff is all progressing: we started the script on Dark Universe, doing a new draft on Haunted Mansion.Guillermo del Toro on Hardcore Gothic ‘Crimson Peak’ and ‘Pacific Rim 2’
July 17, 2014
In 2012, Intel began producing microprocessors with conflict-free tantalum, a sign that conflict-free efforts were progressing.Will You Choose a Conflict-Free Microprocessor?
May 29, 2014
But there is also an undeniably insidious component to Akka's progressing recomposition: Israeli institutions favor Jews.'It's Better To Jump' Tackles Gentrification in Akka
November 20, 2013
Then, in 2000, he announced his retirement from acting because of his progressing disease.What Michael J. Fox’s Return to TV Tells Us About the Power of Optimism
Deborah W. Brooks
September 26, 2013
"He is progressing splendidly, Doctor," Professor Maxon had said.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
But Alice, progressing with her toilet, appeared to be little concerned.Alice Adams
Tremont looked at the slowly progressing constellations and cursed himself.Satellite System
Horace Brown Fyfe
Things were progressing after this sort when King Pausanias intervened.Hellenica
It may be that not all souls are fallen, but that some are merely in process of progressing to sight.The Prodigal Returns
- 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 progressing
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 progressing
see in progress.