from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Movement, as toward a goal; advance.
  • n. Development or growth: students who show progress.
  • n. Steady improvement, as of a society or civilization: a believer in human progress. See Synonyms at development.
  • n. A ceremonial journey made by a sovereign through his or her realm.
  • intransitive v. To advance; proceed: Work on the new building progressed at a rapid rate.
  • intransitive v. To advance toward a higher or better stage; improve steadily: as medical technology progresses.
  • intransitive v. To increase in scope or severity, as a disease taking an unfavorable course.
  • idiom in progress Going on; under way: a work in progress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to move, go, or proceed forward; to advance.
  • v. to improve; to become better or more complete.
  • v. To move (something) forward; to advance, to expedite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A moving or going forward; a proceeding onward; an advance.
  • n. In actual space, as the progress of a ship, carriage, etc.
  • n. In the growth of an animal or plant; increase.
  • n. In business of any kind
  • n. In knowledge; in proficiency.
  • n. Toward ideal completeness or perfection in respect of quality or condition; -- applied to individuals, communities, or the race.
  • n. A journey of state; a circuit; especially, one made by a sovereign through parts of his own dominions.
  • intransitive v. To make progress; to move forward in space; to continue onward in course; to proceed; to advance; to go on.
  • intransitive v. To make improvement; to advance.
  • transitive v. To make progress in; to pass through.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move forward or onward in space; proceed; pass; go.
  • To continue onward in course; proceed or advance.
  • To move toward something better; advance on the line of development or improvement.
  • Specifically, in music, of a voice-part, to advance from one tone to another, or, of the harmony in general, from one chord to another.
  • To make headway.
  • To pass over or through; make the tour or circuit of.
  • To cause to advance or pass; push forward.
  • n. A going onward; a moving or proceeding forward; advance: as, to make slow or rapid progress on a journey; to hinder one's progress.
  • n. A passage from place to place; a journey; wayfaring.
  • n. Specifically A journey or circuit of state: as, a royal progress.
  • n. Advancement of any kind; growth; development; improvement: as, the progress of a negotiation; the progress of a plant; the progress of a patient toward recovery; the progress of a scholar in his studies; the progress of the arts and sciences.
  • n. plural In astrology, the positions the moon forms in her advance, by allowing one synodical lunation for one year of the native's life.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
  • n. the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
  • n. a movement forward
  • n. gradual improvement or growth or development
  • v. develop in a positive way
  • v. form or accumulate steadily


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English progresse, from Latin prōgressus, from past participle of prōgredī, to advance : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + gradī, to go, walk; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin prōgressus ("an advance"), from the participle stem of prōgredī ("to go forward, advance, develop"), from pro- ("forth, before") + gradi ("to walk, go").



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