Definition of progress noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprəʊɡres//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːɡres//
    , NAmE//ˈprɑːɡrəs//
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  1. 1  the process of improving or developing, or of getting nearer to achieving or completing something to make progress slow/steady/rapid/good progress We have made great progress in controlling inflation. economic/scientific/technical progress They asked for a progress report on the project.
  2. 2movement forwards or towards a place She watched his slow progress down the steep slope. There wasn't much traffic so we made good progress. More Like This Uncountable nouns often used wrongly accommodation, advice, chewing gum, feedback, furniture, equipment, information, luggage, news, progress, softwareSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun): from Latin progressus ‘an advance’, from the verb progredi, from pro- ‘forward’ + gradi ‘to walk’. The verb became obsolete in British English use at the end of the 17th cent. and was readopted from American English in the early 19th cent.Extra examples He’s making good progress in maths. How much progress have the builders made on the extension? I have a file for work in progress. I have one file for completed work and one for work in progress. I was frustrated by my apparent lack of progress when I started the violin. Regular tests enable the teacher to monitor the progress of each child. She’s making steady progress with her thesis. The book traced his steady progress from petty theft to serious crime. There was a cricket match in progress. We have made significant progress in the fight against HIV/​AIDS. We watched the ship’s stately progress out of the docks. Who can halt Woods’ inexorable progress towards yet another championship? the onward march of technological progress At the present rate of progress we won’t be finished by July. Technological progress is changing the demand for labour.Idioms  (formal) happening at this time Work on the new offices is now in progress. Please be quiet—examination in progress.
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