Definition of progressive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈɡresɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈɡresɪv//
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  1. 1in favour 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. See related entries: Grammar
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French progressif, -ive or medieval Latin progressivus, from progress- ‘gone forward’, from the verb progredi, from pro- ‘forward’ + gradi ‘to walk’.Extra examples highly progressive in outlook Are you in favour of progressive teaching methods? He is progressive, open-minded, and sincerely concerned with civil-rights struggles.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: progressive