WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
prog•ress /n. ˈprɑgrɛs, -rəs; v. prəˈgrɛs/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. advancement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage:to make progress in the disarmament talks.
  2. growth or development; improvement:to show progress in muscular coordination.
  3. forward or onward movement:the progress of the planets around the sun.

v. pro•gress [no object]
  1. to go forward or onward in space or time:The years are progressing.
  2. to grow or develop, presumably toward a goal or to a higher or further stage:progressing in my studies.
  1. Idiomsin progress, going on; under way:His long novel is a work in progress.

See -gress-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
prog•ress  (n. progres, -rəs or, esp. Brit., prōgres;v. prə gres), 
  1. a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage:the progress of a student toward a degree.
  2. 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.
  3. advancement in general.
  4. growth or development; continuous improvement:He shows progress in his muscular coordination.
  5. the development of an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than and superior to the previous level.
  6. Biology[Biol.]increasing differentiation and perfection in the course of ontogeny or phylogeny.
  7. forward or onward movement:the progress of the planets.
  8. the forward course of action, events, time, etc.
  9. an official journey or tour, as by a sovereign or dignitary.
  10. Idiomsin progress, going on; under way;
    being done;
    happening:The meeting was already in progress.

v.i. pro•gress 
  1. 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.
  2. 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
1 . advance, progression. 4 . increase;
betterment. 12 . proceed;
develop, improve, grow, increase.
1 . regression. 12 . regress.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

progress n /ˈprəʊɡrɛs/
  1. movement forwards, esp towards a place or objective
  2. satisfactory development, growth, or advance: she is making progress in maths
  3. advance towards completion, maturity, or perfection: the steady onward march of progress
  4. (modifier) of or relating to progress
  5. increasing complexity, adaptation, etc, during the development of an individual or evolution of a group
  6. Brit a stately royal journey
  7. in progresstaking place; under way
vb /prəˈɡrɛs/
  1. (intransitive) to move forwards or onwards, as towards a place or objective
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin prōgressus a going forwards, from prōgredī to advance, from pro-1 + gradī to step

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