- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsdevelopment, advance, evolution, stride, process, rise, improvement, breakthrough, pace, growth, headway, increase, momentum, movement, continue, proceed, blossom, boost, develop, grow
Examples from the Web for progress
France 24 is providing live, round-the-clock coverage of both scenes as they progress.LIVE Coverage of the Paris Terror Attacks
January 9, 2015
We are committed to the community, dedicated to progress, and policing with respect.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
The fact that many African Americans fear the police more than our white counterparts says our nation is still a work in progress.Obama Is Right on Race. The Media Is Wrong.
December 29, 2014
“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
December 20, 2014
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
December 19, 2014
If one were not a scientist one might be tempted to say there is no progress.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Prehistoric man, as I just told you, was on a fair way to progress.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
From this point the progress will be best narrated by extracts from my Diary.
We talked of progress; but progress, like the philosopher's stone, could not be easily attained.
From this strength we have contributed to the recovery and progress of the world.
- 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 progress
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 progress
see in progress.