verb (used without object) pro·gress [pruh-gres] /prəˈgrɛs/
Origin of progress
SYNONYMS FOR progress
Related formsun·pro·gressed, adjective
The verb progress entered English in the second half of the 16th century in a functional shift of the noun to a verb (a functional shift, also called functional change, is a change in the grammatical function of a word, such as the noun fun having taken on adjective meanings).
In the 18th century, the verb progress was no longer common in Britain, but was used with regularity in the United States (George Washington, in a letter of 1791 writes, “The business of laying out the city [the new capital] is progressing.”) When the verb reentered British usage about 1800, it was regarded as an Americanism.
From its first appearance in English, the noun had the meaning “onward movement in space,” as well as the figurative sense “advancement to a further or higher stage”; from this developed the more specific reference to social and economic reform leading to a better state or condition.
Examples from the Web for progress
France 24 is providing live, round-the-clock coverage of both scenes as they progress.
We are committed to the community, dedicated to progress, and policing with respect.
“I thought I could progress in a much quicker pace and in much more meaningful ways if I was here,” she explained.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Also this week, he keynoted a fundraiser for Progress Iowa, an influential liberal group in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.Why the Left Loves Warren, But Won’t Swoon for Sanders|David Freedlander|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I am deeply concerned with the lack of progress in my case and feel that I must take some action.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike|IranWire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Morse was a faithful teacher and took as much interest in our progress as—more indeed than—we did ourselves.The Age of Invention|Holland Thompson
Providence has ordained it otherwise, and death arrests my progress.Tales of My Time, Vol. 1 (of 3)|William Pitt Scargill
Had man been placed in the world perfected and sinless, obviously there would be no such thing as progress.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2|Hubert Howe Bancroft
The imagination hardly keeps pace with the progress of population, improvement, and civilization.Select Speeches of Daniel Webster|Daniel Webster
But a somewhat closer reflection will show that there are at least two points in which a possibility of progress may be admitted.Studies in Modern Music, Second Series|W. H. Hadow
British Dictionary definitions for progress
Word Origin for progress
Idioms and Phrases with progress
see in progress.