Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “progress”

See all translations

progress

noun [U] uk   /ˈprəʊ.ɡres/ us    /ˈprɑː-/
B1 movement to an improved or more developed state, or to a forward position: Technological progress has been so rapid over the last few years. I'm not making much progress with my Spanish. The doctor said that she was making good progress (= getting better after a medical operation or illness). The recent free elections mark the next step in the country's progress towards democracy. The yacht's crew said that they were making relatively slow progress.in progress B2 formal happening or being done now: Repair work is in progress on the south-bound lane of the motorway and will continue until June.
More examples

progress

verb [I] uk   /prəˈɡres/ us  
B2 to improve or develop in skills, knowledge, etc.: My Spanish never really progressed beyond the stage of being able to order drinks at the bar.
Compare
C2 to continue gradually: As the war progressed more and more countries became involved. We started off talking about the weather and gradually the conversation progressed to politics.
More examples
(Definition of progress from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of progress?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “progress” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sail

When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More