pro|gress1 W2S2 [ˈprəugres US ˈpra:-] n [U]
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of progredi 'to go forward']
1.) the process of getting better at doing something, or getting closer to finishing or achieving something
I'm afraid we're not making much progress .
progress of
the slow progress of the investigation
There has been significant progress in in understanding the HIV infection.
progress towards
They say they are making steady progress towards a peace settlement.
progress on
Little progress has been made on human rights issues.
tests designed to monitor the student's progress
At school his academic progress was hindered by a series of health problems.
The country has made huge economic progress in recent years.
2.) slow or steady movement somewhere
We made good progress despite the snow.
progress through
They watched the ship's slow progress through the heavy seas.
3.) change which is thought to lead to a better society, because of developments in science or fairer methods of social organization
Mankind is destroying the planet, all in the name of progress (=because people want progress) .
Under communism, nothing was allowed to get in the way of the great march of progress .
4.) in progress
formal happening now, and not yet finished
A lecture was in progress in the main hall.
work/research in progress
They looked in periodically to check the work in progress.
COLLOCATES for sense 1
make progress
progress in (doing) something
slow/steady progress
good/significant/substantial/rapid progress
follow/chart/monitor/keep track of somebody's progress
hinder somebody/something's progress (=make it slower)
economic/technological/scientific progress
progress is an uncountable noun. Do not say 'a progress' or 'progresses'.
progress 2
pro|gress2 [prəˈgres] v
1.) [I]
to improve, develop, or achieve things so that you are then at a more advanced stage
≠ ↑regress
I asked the nurse how my son was progressing.
progress to
She started with a cleaning job, and progressed to running the company.
progress towards
We must progress towards full integration of Catholic and Protestant pupils in Ireland.
progress beyond
Last year the team didn't progress beyond the opening round.
2.) [I and T]
if an activity such as work or a project progresses, or you progress it, it continues
Work on the ship progressed quickly.
We're hoping to progress the Lane project more quickly next week.
3.) [I]
if time or an event progresses, time passes
As the meeting progressed, Nina grew more and more bored.
Time is progressing, so I'll be brief.
4.) [I]
to move forward slowly
Our taxi seemed to be progressing very slowly.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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