progress

progress
♦♦
progresses, progressing, progressed
(The noun is pronounced [[t]pro͟ʊgres, AM prɑ͟ː-[/t]]u>. The verb is pronounced [[t]prəgre̱s[/t]]u>.)
1) N-UNCOUNT 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.

2) N-SING: the N, oft N of n 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...

Ellen would keep me abreast of the progress by phone.

3) VERB 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...

Were you surprised that his disease progressed so quickly?...

[V to n] He started only five years ago, sketching first and then progressing to painting.

4) VERB If events progress, they continue to happen gradually over a period of time.

As the evening progressed, sadness turned to rage...

Life was hard, and it became harder as the war progressed.

5) PHRASE If something is in progress, it has started and is still continuing.

The game was already in progress when we took our seats...

The diaries are a mixture of confession, work in progress and observation.


English dictionary. 2008.

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