- 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 progressed
On the second day, Bridges asked the Boys if the relationship between the Dude and Walter progressed during the movie.The Stacks: The Day ‘The Big Lebowski’ Came to Life
July 26, 2014
Others observed from pedestrian lanes and footbridges as the march progressed on Hong Kong Island.Massive Hong Kong Protest Calls for More Democracy
July 1, 2014
As the Cold War progressed, the program expanded and got stranger still.What Cold War CIA Interrogators Learned from the Nazis
February 11, 2014
As the day progressed, it seemed the misinformation on the internet was growing exponentially spurious by the minute.The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast
Robert B. Weide
January 27, 2014
I progressed onto medium format film when I studied for a BA in Fashion Photography at London College of Fashion.Models and Their Mothers
October 9, 2013
Begun in 1851, Esmond progressed rapidly, and by the end of May 1852 it was completed.De Libris: Prose and Verse
The ball once started gained size and momentum as it progressed.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
As we progressed, the country grew more and more solemnly aloof.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
At a leisurely pace we progressed through the main thoroughfares.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
"Storerooms in this wing," the Eurasian explained as they progressed.The Affair of the Brains
- 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 progressed
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 progressed
see in progress.