Meaning of “progress” in the English Dictionary

"progress" in British English

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progressnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈprəʊ.ɡres/ us /ˈprɑː.ɡres/

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.

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  • We're making slow but steady progress with the decorating.
  • The doctor will call next week to check on your progress.
  • Alex is just plodding along at school, making very little progress.
  • I have to report to my boss on progress every Friday.
  • We need some sort of graph on which we can chart our progress.

progressverb [ I ]

uk /prəˈɡres/ us /prəˈɡres/

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.

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.

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  • As his illness progressed, he made fewer entries in his diary.
  • The building project is progressing well.
  • Unfortunately this is a disease which progresses very rapidly.
  • Whenever I talk to him we never seem to progress beyond the weather and holidays.
  • He started as an apprentice but quickly progressed to foreman.

(Definition of “progress” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"progress" in American English

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progressnoun [ U ]

us /ˈprɑɡ·rəs, -res/

movement toward an improved or more developed state, or to a forward position:

The talks failed to make any progress toward a settlement.
in progress

If something is in progress, it is happening or being done now:

The construction work is already in progress.

progressverb [ I ]

us /prəˈɡres/

to move toward an improved or more developed state, or to a forward position:

Construction is progressing well.
As the game progressed I was bouncing in my chair.
noun [ U ] us /prəˈɡreʃ·ən/

The show examines one woman’s progression from youth to old age.

(Definition of “progress” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"progress" in Business English

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progressnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈprəʊɡres/ us /ˈprɒɡres/

the process of changing or developing towards an improved situation or condition:

The managers were very pleased with the team's progress.
"We're addressing the problem," he said, "and I think we're making progress."
progress on sth We are making progress on improving our core business.
"There is no doubt we are making progress towards the goal," said Ford's CEO.

progressverb [ I ]

uk /prəʊˈɡres/ us /ˈprɒɡres/

to develop or change to an improved situation or condition:

As things progressed in my career, I realized that starting my own company was a possibility.
progress toward(s)/to sth We are progressing toward more significant environmental legislation.
progress beyond sth The online auction company has failed to progress beyond a market share of 30% in Switzerland.
progress rapidly/quickly/steadily She progressed steadily through the ranks to upper management.

(Definition of “progress” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)