Definition of progression in English:



  • 1mass noun The process of developing or moving gradually towards a more advanced state.

    ‘good opportunities for career progression’
    count noun ‘a steady progression towards your goals’
    • ‘Now the Irish have to continue their progression of advancement beyond simple qualification for major tournaments.’
    • ‘It is a slow and very steady process of progression.’
    • ‘The second factor that deters progression in an academic career is lack of parity of income with a clinical career, due both to earnings lost during training and the inability to earn from private practice.’
    • ‘A simple washing machine controller possesses ‘memory’ due to the equivalent process of developmental progression.’
    • ‘They are necessary, within the context of his meaningless existence, for the evolutionary progression towards a meaningless future.’
    • ‘Second, a thorough explanation sets the stage for the entire therapy and the developmental progression of enactments over its course.’
    • ‘He noted an increase of land prices averaging more than 200% in the past ten years as another reason for the slow progression of the process.’
    • ‘Brown confirms that mid-range authors are now dropped by publishers rather than being allowed the steady development and natural progression that they once were.’
    • ‘The resulting shift toward a more open culture that accommodated questioning and recognised human limitations was a gradual but steady progression.’
    • ‘Normal progression should make him hard to beat tomorrow.’
    • ‘The premarital counselor or educator can use various strategies to aid couples in the development of and progression towards the shared vision for the marriage.’
    • ‘The same expectations of normal progression during labor should be applied to patients with a prior C-section.’
    • ‘The British Computer Society has designed a tool to help companies manage the career progression and develop the skills of its IT staff.’
    • ‘His current research investigates the ecological dynamics of strategic moves and the relationship between organizational processes and career progression.’
    • ‘Not long ago, a job in the private sector was the preferable option for graduates seeking rapid career progression and a hefty wage’
    • ‘This process is fundamental in the development, progression, and metastatic spread of solid tumors.’
    • ‘The bank said its policy is designed to ensure that all employees have equal opportunities and access to development and career progression.’
    • ‘He calls this the ‘wired life’, which prizes flexibility and personal growth over steady career progression.’
    • ‘Furthermore, development and progression of MDSs are likely mediated by genetic abnormalities at the molecular level.’
    • ‘Individuals' career progression and opportunities for development are reduced when there is little internal flow of human resources.’
    development, progress, process, continuation, continuance, advance, advancement, movement, forward movement, onward movement, passage, career, march
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    1. 1.1Music count noun A passage or movement from one note or chord to another.
      ‘a blues progression’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Much of its punch derives from new-minted, surprising chord progressions and pungent dissonance, an idiom Barber carries to the end of the setting.’
      • ‘I'll take simple rock chord progressions or melodies and throw some perplexity or confusion into the mix - like adding garlic to vanilla ice cream.’
      • ‘Those Antipodeans had the same understanding of rhythmic lyrics, chord progressions and harmonising melodies as Ezio.’
      • ‘There are some well-constructed chord progressions and melodies but her music often lacks an overarching vision to hold it together.’
    2. 1.2Astrology count noun 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.
      • ‘Is it the standard mix of transits and progressions?’
      • ‘Taking progressions and transits together, we can say with some confidence what areas of your life will be highlighted when, and how you may react to this.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Looking at progressions and transits to your natal chart we see Saturn, the planet of restriction, putting some limitations on you.’
  • 2A number of things in a series.

    ‘the vista unfolds in a progression of castles and vineyards as seemingly endless as the Rhine itself’
    • ‘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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Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin progressio(n-), from the verb progredi (see progress).