Definition of progression in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈɡrɛʃ(ə)n/


1 [mass noun] The process of developing gradually towards a more advanced state: good opportunities for career progression [count noun]: a steady progression towards your goals
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  • Individuals' career progression and opportunities for development are reduced when there is little internal flow of human resources.
  • A simple washing machine controller possesses ‘memory’ due to the equivalent process of developmental progression.
  • He calls this the ‘wired life’, which prizes flexibility and personal growth over steady career progression.
development, progress, process, continuation, continuance, advance, advancement, movement, forward movement, onward movement, passage, career, march;
evolution, growth, evolvement
1.1Movement towards a destination: their mode of progression through the forest
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  • Her story, on the larger scope, is one of dynamics with no movement, movement but no progression, reaching an end that is by no means a relief.
  • Even though the sets never change or move, there is still a sense of progression and movement within the plays.
  • Drag forces resist both forward progression and limb movements of the swimmer.
1.2 [count noun] Music A passage or movement from one note or chord to another: a blues progression
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  • Those Antipodeans had the same understanding of rhythmic lyrics, chord progressions and harmonising melodies as Ezio.
  • They never really get soft enough, and their intonation, although solid, never contributes to the ecstasy of the positively magical chord progressions the composer discovered.
  • There are some well-constructed chord progressions and melodies but her music often lacks an overarching vision to hold it together.
1.3 [count noun] Astrology A predictive technique in which the daily movement of the planets, starting from the day of birth, represents a year in the subject’s life.
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  • Looking at progressions and transits to your natal chart we see Saturn, the planet of restriction, putting some limitations on you.
  • There are many types of progressions, but the most commonly used are secondary progressions, which ‘age’ the natal chart by one day for each year of your life.
  • Then other clients come for horaries, or for natal readings, or updating their progressions.
2A number of things in a series: the vista unfolds in a progression of castles and vineyards as seemingly endless as the Rhine itself
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  • The remembered blues of the Nile dominate her works of the early 1980s, their vertical stripes unfolding in a stately progression.
succession, series, sequence, string, stream, parade, chain, concatenation, train, row, order, course, flow, cycle



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  • The timed sequence of this method will have to be experimented upon by the adult, and this is critical, to see that natural progressional speed for your individual ADD child.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin progressio(n-), from the verb progredi (see progress).

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