Definition of progress in English:



mass noun
Pronunciation /ˈprəʊɡrɛs/
  • 1Forward or onward movement towards a destination.

    ‘the darkness did not stop my progress’
    ‘they failed to make any progress up the estuary’
    • ‘However, slowly, after several breaks and around four hours, we made progress, eventually stopping at the top of the steepest chute to break for lunch.’
    • ‘To stop downhill progress, prolong a turn until you are skating back uphill.’
    • ‘It took three men to stop his progress, and as the ball was switched to the right by Erwin, Andrew Edgar had come across from the left to create the extra man and score.’
    • ‘The footage continues showing the main unit making slow forward progress through the terrain toward the town of Marzak.’
    • ‘Our defensive system achieved this, but failed to complete the job with the apparently minor detail of arresting the attacker's forward progress.’
    • ‘A gooey mix of muddy leaves will glom onto your tires, pack up in the nooks of your fork and frame and slow your forward progress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Weeks passed like a leaf floating downstream, unconcerned with progress or destination.’
    • ‘Stop the dribbler by slide stepping in front and blocking forward progress.’
    • ‘He shuffled his feet, dug in his heels, resisted his forward progress with every ounce of his strength, but it was no use.’
    • ‘I think what was referred to there was the forward progress of the hurricane.’
    • ‘In such a case the runner gets forward progress without stopping the clock.’
    • ‘His gray eyes scanned the hallway quickly before he began his forward progress past the students he would be seeing for the next nine months.’
    • ‘Their forward progress was stopped by a report from the roaming patrol that some kind of convoy was directly ahead.’
    • ‘They trudged through the blowing sands making little forward progress.’
    • ‘Janet's naked arms were scratched and bleeding from trekking through the rough bamboo jungle but the pain didn't stop her progress.’
    • ‘I guess it's supposed to keep a person on the couch, remind him or her of home - no progress, no forward motion, no dreams.’
    • ‘Motorists have little patience for anything that will impede their already slow progress.’
    • ‘As he made contact, his body was overcome with overwhelming pain and his forward progress slowed dramatically.’
    • ‘I keep taking little steps, then big ones, and as such make progress forward.’
    forward movement, onward movement, progression, advance, advancement, headway, passage
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    1. 1.1archaic count noun A state journey or official tour, especially by royalty.
      • ‘Religious processions and royal progresses have been an important practice in the Indian subcontinent with a complex history of their own for many centuries.’
  • 2Development towards an improved or more advanced condition.

    ‘we are making progress towards equal rights’
    • ‘After December, it will monitor the factory to see if it has made progress in improving working conditions.’
    • ‘The doctor will monitor your child's progress after surgery to make sure she's developing normally.’
    • ‘A youngster who suffers from a rare neurological condition is making progress after swimming with dolphins in America.’
    • ‘Considerable scientific progress has been made in understanding the causes and correlates of adolescent drug problems.’
    • ‘The participants are continually assessed and reviews are held to ensure that the businesses are making progress.’
    • ‘I've also seen tremendous progress in some areas.’
    • ‘We're making progress in developing the technologies that will be able to use corn or soybeans to be the feed stock for energy.’
    • ‘He points to miniaturization as one area in which remarkable technological progress has outpaced serious thought on usability.’
    • ‘We're making good progress on both fronts.’
    • ‘Cheng said construction contractors were making progress and work is on time and mainly on budget.’
    • ‘Emergency crews are making progress in fixing the broken levees, but they are in a desperate race to stop the flooding.’
    • ‘Would he be pleased with our progress toward peace and real love?’
    • ‘Fortunately, I have no stake in slowing technological progress.’
    • ‘‘We are absolutely insistent that we are making progress on developing an integrated network,’ he says.’
    • ‘Olivia is making steady progress in her psychological recovery from a vicious physical assault.’
    • ‘Talks started in Paris and very slow progress was made over 5 years.’
    • ‘The board was told of a situation where couples are left for years on end without making progress in their wished-for adoption.’
    • ‘The later years of her reign have seen considerable economic progress, though still subject to sudden mishaps.’
    • ‘Keeping a journal or chart that tracks student progress in various areas of development also is recommended.’
    • ‘The college is making progress in the ongoing development of educational programmes, services and facilities.’
    development, advance, advancement, headway, step forward, steps forward, progression, improvement, betterment, growth
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[no object]
Pronunciation /prəˈɡrɛs/
  • 1Move forward or onward in space or time.

    ‘as the century progressed the quality of telescopes improved’
    • ‘I looked down and watched our feet progress along the beaten path.’
    • ‘Her strides were easy and unhurried as she progressed forward, making her way toward the gates.’
    • ‘As the season progressed, all became more neurotic, erratic, and self-absorbed.’
    • ‘There are many talented young players on this team and as time progresses we can look forward to bigger and greater achievements.’
    • ‘Initially weather conditions were poor, but improved as the game progressed.’
    • ‘As we progressed north the driving conditions became more testing.’
    • ‘She saw nothing and the group still looked to be progressing at the normal pace.’
    • ‘Painfully aware of every minute occurrence nearby, she progressed, one foot moving soundlessly in front of the other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It progresses like a glacier moving across a continent.’
    • ‘The game progressed at a fast pace and many techniques were used in strategic play throughout the game.’
    go, make one's way, move, move forward, go forward, proceed, continue, advance, go on, make progress, make headway, press on, gain ground, push forward, forge ahead, go ahead, work one's way
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    1. 1.1usually as adjective progressedAstrology with object Calculate the position of (a planet) or of all the planets and coordinates of (a chart) according to the technique of progression.
      • ‘Twin Souls meet when there's a personal planet progressed to the sun/moon midpoint on each natal chart.’
  • 2Develop towards an improved or more advanced condition.

    ‘work on the pond is progressing’
    • ‘He may, though, settle for defeat as long as the performance provides further proof that his young charges are progressing along the development curve.’
    • ‘As the film progresses towards an inevitably downbeat conclusion, this becomes increasingly problematic.’
    • ‘Her condition had progressed too far for surgery to be successful and she was eventually diagnosed as being brain dead.’
    • ‘It then puts in place a system which keeps constant track of how the department is progressing towards its goals, known as the ‘trajectory’.’
    • ‘However, as she grew and her disease progressed, Marisa's condition deteriorated.’
    • ‘Then I had dreams of a nation progressing towards prosperity and empowerment.’
    • ‘She loved her studies and progressed at a rate that amazed her instructors.’
    • ‘We are progressing towards a landscape which blurs the line between the mediascape and material reality.’
    • ‘I accept his evidence that her condition was progressing normally until he found the cysts.’
    • ‘On one level, things have not progressed very far.’
    • ‘TB is a condition which progresses slowly and can lay dormant for months.’
    • ‘The work is progressing at a steady rate and should be completed on schedule.’
    • ‘By using water as efficiently as possible on my farm I feel I am slowly progressing towards fulfilling these commitments.’
    • ‘Without a lung transplant she will die shortly as the disease is progressing rapidly.’
    • ‘As the condition progressed, the children's arms seemed to grow longer and their fingers curled under.’
    • ‘She's come on so much over the last two or three years and is progressing towards a great standard of judo.’
    • ‘Consequently, the majority of key avian traits do not progress towards the avian condition!’
    • ‘The disease progresses more rapidly in children than in adults.’
    • ‘He progressed smoothly through the beginner ranks, eventually competing in enough races for an upgrade to sport.’
    • ‘The index provides a numerical indicator of how well a developing system is progressing toward its threshold performance requirements.’
    develop, make progress, advance, make headway, take steps forward, make strides, get better, come on, come along, move on, get on, gain ground, shape up, improve, thrive, prosper, blossom, flourish
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    1. 2.1with object Cause (a task or undertaking) to make progress.
      ‘I cannot predict how quickly we can progress the matter’
      • ‘We have discussed the options with our client for progressing this matter and in particular the proposals set out in your letter.’
      • ‘All I can say to him is that in the time that I have been the chair of that committee he will know the interest that I have had in progressing the matter.’
      • ‘A traffic and pedestrian count will be carried out shortly, and based on these results, the matter will be progressed further.’
      • ‘It's not possible to put a timeframe on it, but there is a taskforce of at least 10 detectives working on it, and they are progressing the investigation as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘Please phone me at your earliest convenience so we can progress these matters.’
      • ‘Getting a job or progressing a career in the creative industries is no easy task.’
      • ‘It appears to me that from 8 January 2003 the applicants had no intention of progressing the matter to hearing.’
      • ‘Engineers' and quantity surveyors' reports have been sent off, and it is a matter for the insurers as to how they will progress the matter.’
      • ‘The response was that he was threatened with discipline because it was his personal matter, and he was using the association to progress a personal matter.’
      • ‘‘We will progress it as quickly as we can and will come back to you with proposals,’ he said.’
      • ‘We are committed to progressing this matter in a way that shows justice and delivers justice to our people.’
      • ‘With the foregoing points in mind we find it inconceivable that you can approach the dealers with a view to price increases but we await your comments on how we can progress the matter.’
      • ‘The various steps that are required to progress a matter through the criminal justice system can, at best, for many people be a very confusing process.’
      • ‘To progress this matter a report was required seeking authority to establish appropriate traffic orders.’
      • ‘The delay was not the fault of local clinicians and managers, who have done their best to progress matters and involve patients, the public and staff in the process.’
      • ‘Its remit is to progress the matter to see what level of medical cover was needed.’
      • ‘He says despite all members having full-time work commitments, they had been meeting one day a week over the summer to progress matters.’
      • ‘I do not propose to take up any further time in the House, and I ask that members progress the bill as quickly as they can.’
      • ‘It is essential to progress the matters in this bill.’
      • ‘There is a backstory that progresses your single-player missions.’


  • in progress

    • In the course of being done or carried out.

      ‘a meeting was in progress’
      • ‘He also says he was told the wrong time, so the meeting was already in progress by the time he got there.’
      • ‘In 1963, when the tunnel was built, it was part of the brave new world that was already in progress.’
      • ‘The updated forecast is based on new data about investments currently in progress.’
      • ‘Everyone is invited to watch the competition in progress from the club's excellent viewing area.’
      • ‘The officer confirmed that an ongoing operation was in progress at Tilbury.’
      • ‘Three works in progress hang along one wall - different combinations of black squares.’
      • ‘There was an acceptance that some deals were taking longer than expected, but they were well in progress.’
      • ‘A second art course is in progress and an autumn break in the Galway Bay Hotel is planned.’
      • ‘In summary, the earth is a natural spaceship where evolution of life and mind is in progress.’
      • ‘In order to overcome this problem, field trials of stainless wagons are in progress.’
      under way, going on, ongoing, happening, occurring, taking place, proceeding, being done, being performed, continuing, in operation
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Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin progressus ‘an advance’, from the verb progredi, from pro- ‘forward’ + gradi ‘to walk’. The verb became obsolete in British English use at the end of the 17th century and was readopted from American English in the early 19th century.