[noun prog-res, -ruhs or, esp. British, proh-gres; verb pruh-gres]


verb (used without object) pro·gress [pruh-gres] /prəˈgrɛs/

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.

Nearby words

  1. programmer,
  2. programming,
  3. programming language,
  4. progravid,
  5. progreso,
  6. progress bar,
  7. progress chaser,
  8. progress payment,
  9. progression,
  10. progressionist


    in progress, going on; under way; being done; happening: The meeting was already in progress.

Origin of progress

1400–50; late Middle English progresse (noun) < Latin prōgressus a going forward, equivalent to prōgred-, stem of prōgredī to advance (prō- pro-1 + -gredī, combining form of gradī to step; see grade) + -tus suffix of v. action

Related formsun·pro·gressed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for progress


noun (ˈprəʊɡrɛs)

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

verb (prəˈɡrɛs)

(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 for progress

C15: from Latin prōgressus a going forwards, from prōgredī to advance, from pro- 1 + gradī to step

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Word Origin and History for progress
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with progress


see in progress.

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