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Definition of progressive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1in favor of new ideas, modern methods, and change progressive schools opposite retrogressive
  2. 2happening or developing steadily a progressive reduction in the size of the workforce a progressive muscular disease
  3. 3(also continuous) (grammar) connected with the form of a verb (for example I am waiting or It is raining) that is made from a part of be and the present participle. Progressive forms are used to express an action that continues for a period of time.
  4. progressivism
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  5. NAmE//prəˈɡrɛsɪˌvɪzəm//
    noun [uncountable] political progressivism
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: progressive