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"progressive" in British English

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progressiveadjective

uk   /prəˈɡres.ɪv/  us   /prəˈɡres.ɪv/
  • progressive adjective (GRADUAL)

C1 developing or ​happeninggradually: 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, ​encouragingchange in ​society or in the way that things are done: progressive ​ideas/​attitudes The ​left of the ​party is ​pressing for a more progressive ​socialpolicy. a progressive ​school
  • 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 ​presentparticiple (= -ingform 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 ​phonerang" is an ​example of the past progressive.

progressivenoun [C]

uk   /prəˈɡres.ɪv/  us   /prəˈɡres.ɪv/
(Definition of progressive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"progressive" in American English

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progressiveadjective

 us   /prəˈɡres·ɪv/
A progressive ​disease is one that gets ​increasinglyworse.
Progressive ​ideas or ​systemsencouragechange in ​society or in the way things are done: She ​worked for women’s ​rights, ​laborreforms, and other progressive ​causes.
progressively
adverb  us   /prəˈɡres·ɪv·li/
My ​eyesight has ​gotten progressively ​worse over the ​years.
(Definition of progressive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"progressive" in Business English

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progressiveadjective

uk   /prəʊˈɡresɪv/  us   /prəˈɡresɪv/
developing or ​happening gradually: There's been a progressive ​decline in the ​standard of ​living over the last decade. Lomax promised 'a progressive ​return to our ​underlyinggrowthrate' of 20% a ​year.
MANAGEMENT, POLITICS used to describe ​ideas or ​systems that are new and modern, and that encourage ​change and ​development: We're looking for progressive ​ideas to ​move the ​companyforward. progressive ​managementpractices The ​companyleadership has ​politically progressive views.
ECONOMICS, TAX used to describe an ​economicsystem in which more ​advantages, especially ​taxadvantages, are given to ​people with less ​money than to ​people with more ​money: The ​party says it will ​introduce a more progressive ​Budget.
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“progressive” in American English

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