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

      

    progress

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//prəˈɡres//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈɡres//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they progress
    BrE BrE//prəˈɡres//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈɡres//
     
    he / she / it progresses
    BrE BrE//prəˈɡresɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈɡresɪz//
     
    past simple progressed
    BrE BrE//prəˈɡrest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈɡrest//
     
    past participle progressed
    BrE BrE//prəˈɡrest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈɡrest//
     
    -ing form progressing
    BrE BrE//prəˈɡresɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈɡresɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] to improve or develop over a period of time; to make progress synonym advance The course allows students to progress at their own speed. Work on the new road is progressing slowly.
  2. 2  [intransitive] + adv./prep. (formal) to move forward The line of traffic progressed slowly through the town. (figurative) Cases can take months to progress through the courts.
  3. 3[intransitive] to go forward in time synonym go on (4) The weather became colder as the day progressed.
  4. Word Origin late 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 felt he still needed to progress further in his learning. Samir failed to progress beyond this first step on the ladder. She soon progressed from the basics to more difficult work. Students progress through the stages of the course. The talks are progressing very well. The work is progressing quite slowly. They are anxious to progress with the plan. his ambition to progress up the career ladder progressing rapidly in his chosen career slowly progressing towards a new kind of art to progress rapidly in your career to progress towards/​toward a new kind of art The visiting team’s confidence increased as the game progressed. Phrasal Verbsprogress to something
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