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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.

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.
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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.
(Definition of progress from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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