• (British) enPR: prō'grĕs, IPA: /ˈpɹəʊɡɹɛs/, /ˈpɹɒɡɹɛs/
  • (America) enPR prä'grĕs, IPA: /ˈpɹɑɡɹɛs/, /ˈpɹoʊɡɹɛs/


  1. Movement or advancement through a series of events, or points in time; development through time. [from 15th c.]
    Testing for the new antidote is currently in progress.
  2. Specifically, advancement to a higher or more developed state; development, growth. [from 15th c.]
    Science has made extraordinary progress in the last fifty years.
  3. An official journey made by a monarch or other high personage; a state journey, a circuit. [from 15th c.]
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 7:
      ... Queen Elizabeth in one of her progresses, stopping at Crawley to breakfast, was so delighted with some remarkably fine Hampshire beer which was then presented to her by the Crawley of the day (a handsome gentleman with a trim beard and a good leg), that she forthwith erected Crawley into a borough to send two members to Parliament ...
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 124:
      With the king about to go on progress, the trials and executions were deliberately timed.
  4. (now rare) A journey forward; travel. [from 15th c.]
    • 1887, Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders:
      Now Tim began to be struck with these loitering progresses along the garden boundaries in the gloaming, and wondered what they boded.
  5. Movement onwards or forwards or towards a specific objective or direction; advance. [from 16th c.]
    The thick branches overhanging the path made progress difficult.
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  • enPR: prəgrĕs', IPA: /pɹəˈɡɹɛs/

progress (progresses, present participle progressing; past and past participle progressed)

  1. (intransitive) to move, go, or proceed forward; to advance.
    They progress through the museum.
  2. (intransitive) to improve; to become better or more complete.
    Societies progress unevenly.
  3. (transitive) To move (something) forward; to advance, to expedite.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 266:
      Or […] they came to progress matters in which Dudley had taken a hand, and left defrauded or bound over to the king.
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