A woman holding an old cell phone and a new smart phone.
- Progress is moving forwards towards an end goal, or is making things better or more advanced.
- An example of progress is getting closer to your destination.
- An example of progress is the change from land line phones to cell phones.
- To progress is to move forward or advance towards completion.
- An example of progress is when you continue walking down a path, getting closer to your destination.
- An example of progress is when you are continuing to build a home.
- a moving forward or onward
- forward course; development
- advance toward perfection or to a higher or better state; improvement
- Now Rare an official journey, as of a sovereign
Origin of progressMiddle English progresse from Classical Latin progressus, past participle of progredi from pro-, before + gradi, to step, go: see pro- and grade
- to move forward or onward
- to move forward toward completion, a goal, etc.
- to advance toward perfection or to a higher or better state; improve
- Forward or onward movement, as toward a destination: We made little progress on our way home because of the traffic.
- Development, advancement, or improvement, as toward a goal: The math students have shown great progress.
- A ceremonial journey made by a sovereign through his or her realm.
intransitive verbpro·gress pro·gressed, pro·gress·ing, pro·gress·es
- To move forward or onward: The ship progressed toward the equator.
- To develop, advance, or improve: Research progressed on the new vaccine.
- To increase in scope or severity, as a disease taking an unfavorable course.
Origin of progressMiddle 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.
(countable and uncountable, plural progresses)
- 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.
- Specifically, advancement to a higher or more developed state; development, growth. [from 15th c.]
- Science has made extraordinary progress in the last fifty years.
- An official journey made by a monarch or other high personage; a state journey, a circuit. [from 15th c.]
- (now rare) A journey forward; travel. [from 15th c.]
- Movement onwards or forwards or towards a specific objective or direction; advance. [from 16th c.]
- The thick branches overhanging the path made progress difficult.
- To make progress is often used instead of the verb progress. This allows complex modification of progress in ways that can not be well approximated by adverbs modifying the verb. See Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take
From Old French progres (“a going forward"), from Latin prÅgressus (“an advance"), from the participle stem of prÅgredÄ« (“to go forward, advance, develop"), from pro- (“forth, before") + gradi (“to walk, go").
(third-person singular simple present progresses, present participle progressing, simple past and past participle progressed)
From the noun. Lapsed into disuse in the 17th century, except in the US. Considered an Americanism on reintroduction to use in the UK.