prog•ress(n. prog′res, -rəs or, esp. Brit., prō′gres;v. prə gres′), n.
a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage:the progress of a student toward a degree.
developmental activity in science, technology, etc., esp. with reference to the commercial opportunities created thereby or to the promotion of the material well-being of the public through the goods, techniques, or facilities created.
advancement in general.
growth or development; continuous improvement:He shows progress in his muscular coordination.
the development of an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than and superior to the previous level.
Biology[Biol.]increasing differentiation and perfection in the course of ontogeny or phylogeny.
forward or onward movement:the progress of the planets.
the forward course of action, events, time, etc.
an official journey or tour, as by a sovereign or dignitary.
Idiomsin progress, going on; under way; being done; happening:The meeting was already in progress.
to go forward or onward in space or time:The wagon train progressed through the valley. As the play progressed, the leading man grew more inaudible.
to grow or develop, as in complexity, scope, or severity; advance:Are you progressing in your piano studies? The disease progressed slowly.
Latin prōgressus a going forward, equivalent. to prōgred-, stem of prōgredī to advance (prō-pro-1 + -gredī, combining form of gradī to step; see grade) + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action
late Middle English progresse (noun, nominal) 1400–50