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.
Idioms about progress
in progress, going on; under way; being done; happening: The meeting was already in progress.
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.
- un·pro·gressed, adjective
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How to use progress in a sentence
Tractable problems are ones where we can actually make progress right now.Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money. | Sigal Samuel | September 17, 2020 | Vox
It’s a core demand for justice, and the fact that the system does not work that way makes it exceptionally difficult to make enduring progress on any economic, racial, or environmental justice topic.
This is the same arrangement lawmakers have worked under for more than a month without any progress.Frustrated House Democrats push for action on new economic relief bill | Erica Werner | September 15, 2020 | Washington Post
An arbitration panel found in July that Bridgewater had brought a theft of trade secrets case against the pair under false pretenses to slow down their progress.The losses continue to pile up for hedge fund king Ray Dalio | Bernhard Warner | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Other trends highlighted in the report hint that progress may be on the horizon.Nearly half of open board seats went to women in 2019. Only 23% were filled by people of color | ehinchliffe | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
France 24 is providing live, round-the-clock coverage of both scenes as they progress.
But the inability to measure progress in the ISIS campaign is widespread.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War | Nancy A. Youssef | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
With that, there is no means to consistently measure progress.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War | Nancy A. Youssef | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
We are committed to the community, dedicated to progress, and policing with respect.
The fact that many African Americans fear the police more than our white counterparts says our nation is still a work in progress.
progress: an old term for the travelling of the sovereign to different parts of his country.Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
She must be freed through the progress of Liberal ideas in France and Germany—not by her own inherent energies.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
A cricket-match was in progress, but the bowling and batting were extremely wild, thanks to The Warren strong beer.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
It was wonderful what progress in understanding and speaking English Ramona had made in these six months.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
The report to the end of 1883 stated that during the year the progress of the school had been of an encouraging character.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
British Dictionary definitions for progress
movement forwards, esp towards a place or objective
satisfactory development, growth, or advance: she is making progress in maths
advance towards completion, maturity, or perfection: the steady onward march of progress
(modifier) of or relating to progress: a 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with progress
see in progress.
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