Definition of progression in US English:



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

    ‘the normal progression from junior to senior status’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Second, a thorough explanation sets the stage for the entire therapy and the developmental progression of enactments over its course.’
    • ‘The bank said its policy is designed to ensure that all employees have equal opportunities and access to development and career progression.’
    • ‘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 resulting shift toward a more open culture that accommodated questioning and recognised human limitations was a gradual but steady progression.’
    • ‘Furthermore, development and progression of MDSs are likely mediated by genetic abnormalities at the molecular level.’
    • ‘A simple washing machine controller possesses ‘memory’ due to the equivalent process of developmental progression.’
    • ‘Individuals' career progression and opportunities for development are reduced when there is little internal flow of human resources.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This process is fundamental in the development, progression, and metastatic spread of solid tumors.’
    • ‘Normal progression should make him hard to beat tomorrow.’
    • ‘The same expectations of normal progression during labor should be applied to patients with a prior C-section.’
    • ‘He calls this the ‘wired life’, which prizes flexibility and personal growth over steady 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The British Computer Society has designed a tool to help companies manage the career progression and develop the skills of its IT staff.’
    • ‘It is a slow and very steady process of progression.’
    • ‘They are necessary, within the context of his meaningless existence, for the evolutionary progression towards a meaningless future.’
    • ‘Now the Irish have to continue their progression of advancement beyond simple qualification for major tournaments.’
    • ‘His current research investigates the ecological dynamics of strategic moves and the relationship between organizational processes and career progression.’
    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’
      • ‘Taken as a whole, the project creates a progression of refractions, a series of cleavages that structure the contraction of the landscape.’
      • ‘The absence of skips is less surprising, however, when one considers that the trend is not produced by a progression within a single lineage.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Much of its punch derives from new-minted, surprising chord progressions and pungent dissonance, an idiom Barber carries to the end of the setting.’
      • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Then other clients come for horaries, or for natal readings, or updating their progressions.’


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