verb (used without object) pro·gress [pruh-gres] /prəˈgrɛs/
Origin of 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.
Examples from the Web for progressing
Justice Ginsburg underwent this procedure successfully and is progressing with her recovery.
The other stuff is all progressing: we started the script on Dark Universe, doing a new draft on Haunted Mansion.Guillermo del Toro on Hardcore Gothic ‘Crimson Peak’ and ‘Pacific Rim 2’|Andrew Romano|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2012, Intel began producing microprocessors with conflict-free tantalum, a sign that conflict-free efforts were progressing.
Then, in 2000, he announced his retirement from acting because of his progressing disease.What Michael J. Fox’s Return to TV Tells Us About the Power of Optimism|Deborah W. Brooks|September 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Since that break he had been progressing, markedly but unimpeded, toward larger and more horrendous acts of violence.Don’t Call Navy Yard Gunman Aaron Alexis a Veteran|Jacob Siegel|September 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Publicists are generally agreed as to the meaning of the great changes now progressing in American political sentiment.The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1|Various
The task of piling up the wall was progressing rapidly, and it seemed to the boy that the stones were all falling from a distance.Boy Scouts in the Northwest|G. Harvey Ralphson
The squirrel in the revolving cage thinks it is progressing; Man is in a revolving cage.Egoists|James Huneker
He is progressing satisfactorily, so far as I can judge, but the dear fellow is thoroughly depressed.The Ghost|Arnold Bennett
A heated discussion was progressing there about something in connection with the game of cards they were playing.The Hazeley Family|A. E. Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for progressing
Word Origin for progress
Idioms and Phrases with progressing
see in progress.