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progressive

adjective uk   us   /prəˈɡres.ɪv/

progressive adjective (GRADUAL)

C1 developing or happening gradually: There's been a progressive decline in the standard of living over the past few years. a progressive disease
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progressive adjective (MODERN)

B2 Progressive ideas or systems are new and modern, encouraging change in society or in the way that things are done: progressive ideas/attitudes The left of the party is pressing for a more progressive social policy. a progressive school

progressive adjective (TAX)

finance & economics A progressive tax system is one in which the rate of tax is higher on larger amounts of money.

progressive adjective (GRAMMAR)

language The progressive form of a verb is used to show that the action is continuing. It is formed with the verb "be" followed by the present participle (= -ing form of the verb): "He's working hard at the moment" is an example of the present progressive form of the verb "work". "I was eating when the phone rang" is an example of the past progressive.

progressive

noun [C] uk   us   /prəˈɡres.ɪv/
politics a person who supports new ideas and social change, especially one who belongs to a political party
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