Definition of progress in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpräɡres/
1Forward or onward movement toward a destination: the darkness did not stop my progress they failed to make any progress up the narrow estuary
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  • The noise went on for some considerable time as the traffic in the main street was at a standstill and, despite all the ducking and diving, forward progress was at a snail's pace.
  • In such a case the runner gets forward progress without stopping the clock.
  • Weeks passed like a leaf floating downstream, unconcerned with progress or destination.
forward movement, advance, going, progression, headway, passage
1.1Advance or development toward a better, more complete, or more modern condition: we are making progress toward equal rights
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  • The college is making progress in the ongoing development of educational programmes, services and facilities.
  • A youngster who suffers from a rare neurological condition is making progress after swimming with dolphins in America.
  • Emergency crews are making progress in fixing the broken levees, but they are in a desperate race to stop the flooding.
development, advance, advancement, headway, step(s) forward;
improvement, betterment, growth
1.2British archaic A state journey or official tour, especially by royalty.
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  • Religious processions and royal progresses have been an important practice in the Indian subcontinent with a complex history of their own for many centuries.


Pronunciation: /prəˈɡres/
[no object]
1Move forward or onward in space or time: as the century progressed, the quality of telescopes improved
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  • There are many talented young players on this team and as time progresses we can look forward to bigger and greater achievements.
  • It progresses like a glacier moving across a continent.
  • As I progressed forward I gradually gained height until I had climbed right up to the top of the rift and I could tell from the texture of the passage that few people had been this way.
go, make one's way, move, move forward, go forward, proceed, advance, go on, continue, make headway, work one's way
1.1Advance or develop toward a better, more complete, or more modern state: work on the pond is progressing
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  • Consequently, the majority of key avian traits do not progress towards the avian condition!
  • I accept his evidence that her condition was progressing normally until he found the cysts.
  • Then I had dreams of a nation progressing towards prosperity and empowerment.
develop, make progress, advance, make headway, take steps forward, move on, get on, gain ground;
improve, get better, come on, come along, make strides;
thrive, prosper, blossom, flourish
informal be getting there
1.2 [with object] (usually as adjective progressed) Astrology Calculate the position of (a planet) or of all the planets and coordinates of (a chart) according to the technique of progression.
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  • Twin Souls meet when there's a personal planet progressed to the sun/moon midpoint on each natal chart.


in progress

In the course of being done or carried out: a meeting was in progress
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  • A second art course is in progress and an autumn break in the Galway Bay Hotel is planned.
  • The officer confirmed that an ongoing operation was in progress at Tilbury.
  • He also says he was told the wrong time, so the meeting was already in progress by the time he got there.
underway, going on, ongoing, happening, occurring, taking place, proceeding, continuing;
unfinished, in the works


Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin progressus 'an advance', from the verb progredi, from pro- 'forward' + gradi 'to walk'.

  • Latin progressus ‘an advance’, was formed from pro- ‘forward’ and gradi ‘to walk, proceed’. Gradi is also found in regress (Late Middle English) ‘walk backwards’, aggression (early 17th century) originally ‘an attack’ by way of ‘proceeding towards’, and ingredients (Late Middle English) ‘things that enter into something’.

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Syllabification: prog·ress

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