n. /prog"res, -reuhs/ or, esp. Brit., /proh"gres/; v. /preuh gres"/, n.1. a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage: the progress of a student toward a degree.2. developmental activity in science, technology, etc., esp. with reference to the commercial opportunities created thereby or to the promotion of the material well-being of the public through the goods, techniques, or facilities created.3. advancement in general.4. growth or development; continuous improvement: He shows progress in his muscular coordination.5. the development of an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than and superior to the previous level.6. Biol. increasing differentiation and perfection in the course of ontogeny or phylogeny.7. forward or onward movement: the progress of the planets.8. the forward course of action, events, time, etc.9. an official journey or tour, as by a sovereign or dignitary.10. in progress, going on; under way; being done; happening: The meeting was already in progress.v.i. progress11. to go forward or onward in space or time: The wagon train progressed through the valley. As the play progressed, the leading man grew more inaudible.12. to grow or develop, as in complexity, scope, or severity; advance: Are you progressing in your piano studies? The disease progressed slowly.[1400-50; late ME progresse (n.) < L progressus a going forward, equiv. to progred-, s. of progredi to advance (pro- PRO-1 + -gredi, comb. form of gradi to step; see GRADE) + -tus suffix of v. action]Syn. 1. advance, progression. 4. increase; betterment. 12. proceed; develop, improve, grow, increase.Ant. 1. regression. 12. regress.
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