Definition of progression in English:



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

    ‘the normal progression from junior to senior status’
    • ‘The bank said its policy is designed to ensure that all employees have equal opportunities and access to development and career progression.’
    • ‘Normal progression should make him hard to beat tomorrow.’
    • ‘Now the Irish have to continue their progression of advancement beyond simple qualification for major tournaments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His current research investigates the ecological dynamics of strategic moves and the relationship between organizational processes and career progression.’
    • ‘Individuals' career progression and opportunities for development are reduced when there is little internal flow of human resources.’
    • ‘Second, a thorough explanation sets the stage for the entire therapy and the developmental progression of enactments over its course.’
    • ‘The resulting shift toward a more open culture that accommodated questioning and recognised human limitations was a gradual but steady progression.’
    • ‘The same expectations of normal progression during labor should be applied to patients with a prior C-section.’
    • ‘It is a slow and very steady process of progression.’
    • ‘Not long ago, a job in the private sector was the preferable option for graduates seeking rapid career progression and a hefty wage’
    • ‘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 British Computer Society has designed a tool to help companies manage the career progression and develop the skills of its IT staff.’
    • ‘A simple washing machine controller possesses ‘memory’ due to the equivalent process of developmental progression.’
    • ‘Furthermore, development and progression of MDSs are likely mediated by genetic abnormalities at the molecular level.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He calls this the ‘wired life’, which prizes flexibility and personal growth over steady career progression.’
    • ‘They are necessary, within the context of his meaningless existence, for the evolutionary progression towards a meaningless future.’
    • ‘This process is fundamental in the development, progression, and metastatic spread of solid tumors.’
    development, progress, process, continuation, continuance, advance, advancement, movement, forward movement, onward movement, passage, career, march
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    1. 1.1 A succession; a series.
      ‘counting the twenty-four hours in a single progression from midnight’
      • ‘The absence of skips is less surprising, however, when one considers that the trend is not produced by a progression within a single lineage.’
      • ‘Taken as a whole, the project creates a progression of refractions, a series of cleavages that structure the contraction of the landscape.’
      succession, series, sequence, string, stream, parade, chain, concatenation, train, row, order, course, flow, cycle
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    2. 1.2Music A passage or movement from one note or chord to another.
      ‘a blues progression’
      • ‘There are some well-constructed chord progressions and melodies but her music often lacks an overarching vision to hold it together.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those Antipodeans had the same understanding of rhythmic lyrics, chord progressions and harmonising melodies as Ezio.’
    3. 1.3Mathematics
    4. 1.4Astrology 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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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