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Progress definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PROG'RESS, n. [L. progressus, progedior; pro and gradior, to step or go. See Grade and Degree.]
1. A moving or going forward; a proceeding onward. A man makes a slow progress or a rapid progress on a journey; a ship makes slow progress against the tide. He watched the progress of the army on its march, or the progress of a star or comet.
2. A moving forward in growth; increase; as the progress of a plant or animal.
3. Advance in business of any kind; as the progress of a negotiation; the progress of arts.
4. Advance in knowledge; intellectual or moral improvement; proficiency. The student is commended for this progress in learning; the christian for his progress in virtue and piety.
5. Removal; passage from place to place.
From Egypt arts their progress made to Greece.
6. A journey of state; a circuit.
PROGRESS', v.i. To move forward in space; to pass; to proceed.
Let me wipe off this honorable dew
That silverly doth progress on thy cheeks.
--Although the popular blast
Hath rear'd thy name up to bestride a cloud,
Or progress in the chariot of the sun.
1. To proceed; to continue onward in course.
After the war had progressed for some time.
2. To advance; to make improvement.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: gradual improvement or growth or development; "advancement of knowledge"; "great progress in the arts" [syn: advancement, progress]
2: the act of moving forward (as toward a goal) [syn: progress, progression, procession, advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion] [ant: retreat]
3: a movement forward; "he listened for the progress of the troops" [syn: progress, progression, advance] v
1: develop in a positive way; "He progressed well in school"; "My plants are coming along"; "Plans are shaping up" [syn: progress, come on, come along, advance, get on, get along, shape up] [ant: regress, retrograde, retrogress]
2: move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on" [syn: advance, progress, pass on, move on, march on, go on] [ant: draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw]
3: form or accumulate steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border" [syn: build up, work up, build, progress]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French progrés, from Latin progressus advance, from progredi to go forth, from pro- forward + gradi to go — more at pro-, grade Date: 15th century 1. a. (1) a royal journey marked by pomp and pageant (2) a state procession b. a tour or circuit made by an official (as a judge) c. an expedition, journey, or march through a region 2. a forward or onward movement (as to an objective or to a goal) ; advance 3. gradual betterment; especially the progressive development of mankind II. intransitive verb Date: 1539 1. to move forward ; proceed 2. to develop to a higher, better, or more advanced stage

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 forward or onward movement towards a destination. 2 advance or development towards completion, betterment, etc.; improvement (has made little progress this term; the progress of civilization). 3 Brit. archaic a State journey or official tour, esp. by royalty. --v. 1 intr. move or be moved forward or onward; continue (the argument is progressing). 2 intr. advance or develop towards completion, improvement, etc. (science progresses). 3 tr. cause (work etc.) to make regular progress. Phrases and idioms: in progress in the course of developing; going on. progress-chaser a person employed to check the regular progress of manufacturing work. progress report an account of progress made. Etymology: ME f. L progressus f. progredi (as PRO-(1), gradi walk: (v.) readopted f. US after becoming obs. in Brit. use in the 17th c.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Progress Pro*gress" (?; formerly pronounced like Progress, n.), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Progressed; p. pr. & vb. n. Progressing.] 1. To make progress; to move forward in space; to continue onward in course; to proceed; to advance; to go on; as, railroads are progressing. ``As his recovery progressed.'' --Thackeray. Let me wipe off this honorable dew, That silverly doth progress on thy checks. --Shak. They progress in that style in proportion as their pieces are treated with contempt. --Washington. The war had progressed for some time. --Marshall. 2. To make improvement; to advance. --Bayard. If man progresses, art must progress too. --Caird.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Progress Prog"ress (?; 277), n. [L. progressus, from progredi, p. p. progressus, to go forth or forward; pro forward + gradi to step, go: cf. F. progr[`e]s. See Grade.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Progress Prog"ress (?; see Progress, v. i.), v. t. To make progress in; to pass through. [Obs.] --Milton.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(progressed) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. Progress is the process of gradually improving or getting nearer to achieving or completing something. The medical community continues to make progress in the fight against cancer... The two sides made little if any progress towards agreement. N-UNCOUNT 2. The progress of a situation or action is the way in which it develops. The Chancellor is reported to have been delighted with the progress of the first day's talks... N-SING: the N, oft N of n 3. To progress means to move over a period of time to a stronger, more advanced, or more desirable state. He will visit once a fortnight to see how his new staff are progressing... He started with sketching and then progressed to painting. VERB: V, V to n 4. If events progress, they continue to happen gradually over a period of time. As the evening progressed, sadness turned to rage... VERB: V 5. If something is in progress, it has started and is still continuing. The game was already in progress when we took our seats... PHRASE

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Advancement, advance, progression, movement forward. 2. Growth, increase, improvement, development. 3. Journey of state, circuit. II. v. n. 1. Advance, proceed. 2. Take head, make headway, work one's way, make one's way, make progress, proceed, continue, onward.

Moby Thesaurus

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