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English definition of “progressive”

progressive

adjective uk   /prəˈɡres.ɪv/ us  

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 diseaseMaking progress and advancingBecoming better

progressive adjective (MODERN)

B2 describes ideas or systems that 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 schoolModern and fashionableFashionModern and fashionable

progressive adjective (TAX)

finance & economics describes a tax system in which the rate of tax is higher on larger amounts of moneyTaxation

progressive adjective (GRAMMAR)

language describes the form of a verb that 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.Verb forms, tenses and types of verbs

progressive

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