[ pruh-gres-iv ]
/ prəˈgrɛs ɪv /




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Origin of progressive

First recorded in 1600–10; progress + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM progressive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for progressively (1 of 2)

/ (prəˈɡrɛsɪv) /


US history a member or supporter of a Progressive Party
Canadian history a member or supporter of a chiefly agrarian reform movement advocating the nationalization of railways, low tariffs, an end to party politics, and similar measures: important in the early 1920s


of, relating to, or characteristic of a Progressive Party, Progressive movement, or Progressives

British Dictionary definitions for progressively (2 of 2)

/ (prəˈɡrɛsɪv) /



a person who advocates progress, as in education, politics, etc
  1. the progressive aspect of a verb
  2. a verb in this aspect

Derived forms of progressive

progressively, adverbprogressiveness, nounprogressivism, nounprogressivist, noun
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Medical definitions for progressively

[ prə-grĕsĭv ]


Moving forward; advancing.
Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments, as of a course of treatment.
Tending to become more severe or wider in scope, as of a disease or paralysis.
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