Meaning of PROGRESS in English


I. prog·ress ˈprä]grə̇s, ]ˌgres, sometimes ˈprō] noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle English progresse, from Latin progressus advance, from progressus, past participle of progredi to go forth, go forward, advance, from pro- forward + -gredi (from gradi to step, go) — more at pro- , grade



(1) : a royal journey or tour marked by pomp and pageant

a staff of clerks accompanied the king on his progresses — F.M.Stenton

(2) : a state procession

at last all was ready for my progress — George VI

b. : an official journey or circuit

these men of law … on a progress from court to court — Van Wyck Brooks

c. : a journeying forward : an expedition, journey, or march through a region : tour

balls, dinners and crowds of beautiful women attended his progress — Time


a. : an advance or movement to an objective or toward a goal : purposeful getting or going ahead

when impeded in their progress , these people suddenly ceased muttering — E.A.Poe

a fishing boat made a slow progress — Elizabeth Bowen

progress to the presidency and chairmanship of the board — Current Biography

b. : a movement onward (as in time or space) : a forward course : progression

the daily progress of the sun

the progress of a disease

we make progress — we pass from night to morning — Edmund Wilson

3. Scots law : succession in right to a feudal estate : the abstract of title with the deeds evidencing such succession


a. : the action or process of advancing or improving by marked stages or degrees : gradual betterment ; especially : the progressive development or evolution of mankind

there was a general belief in inevitable and universal progress — John Berger

found in civil law principles … the analogies that were needed to smooth the path of progress — B.N.Cardozo

b. : a theory that change from old to new is essential to progress

- in progress

II. pro·gress prəˈgres, prōˈ-\ verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: partly from progress (I) ; partly from Latin progressus, past participle of progredi

intransitive verb

1. : to make a journey ; especially : to make a royal progress

2. : to move forward : to proceed or advance from place to place, point to point, or step to step

simply progress from one place to another as her fancy dictated — Louis Bromfield

the fireplace is progressing, but not finished yet — Rachel Henning

3. : to develop to a higher, better, or more advanced stage : make continual improvements

deductive reasoning had to be combined with the methods of experimentation … before science could progress — J.B.Conant

4. : to proceed from one musical note or tone to the next

transitive verb

1. obsolete : to pass over or through

2. : to cause to progress : push forward : advance

a really big housing program cannot be successfully progressed — Americana Annual

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