(countable and uncountable, plural progresses)
- Movement or advancement through a series of events, or points in time; development through time. [from 15th c.]
- Testing for the new antidote is currently in progress.
- Specifically, advancement to a higher or more developed state; development, growth. [from 15th c.]
- Science has made extraordinary progress in the last fifty years.
- An official journey made by a monarch or other high personage; a state journey, a circuit. [from 15th c.]
- (now rare) A journey forward; travel. [from 15th c.]
- Movement onwards or forwards or towards a specific objective or direction; advance. [from 16th c.]
- The thick branches overhanging the path made progress difficult.
From Old French progres (“a going forward"), from Latin prÅgressus (“an advance"), from the participle stem of prÅgredÄ« (“to go forward, advance, develop"), from pro- (“forth, before") + gradi (“to walk, go").
(third-person singular simple present progresses, present participle progressing, simple past and past participle progressed)
- (intransitive) to move, go, or proceed forward; to advance.
- They progress through the museum.
- (intransitive) to improve; to become better or more complete.
- Societies progress unevenly.
- To move (something) forward; to advance, to expedite.
From the noun. Lapsed into disuse in the 17th century, except in the US. Considered an Americanism on reintroduction to use in the UK.