progress Definition

  • 1forward or onward movement towards a destination
  • 2development towards an improved or more advanced condition

Using progress: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "progress" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The construction of the new building is making progress.

  • Example

    She has made great progress in her studies.

  • Example

    The company is making progress towards its sustainability goals.

  • Example

    The patient's progress is being closely monitored.

progress Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for progress

Idioms Using progress

  • happening at full speed or intensity


    The party was in full progress when we arrived, with music blaring and people dancing.

  • make progress by leaps and bounds

    to make rapid and significant progress


    With the new training program, our sales team has been making progress by leaps and bounds.

  • it is better to make slow but steady progress than to make no progress at all


    Even though the project is taking longer than expected, slow progress is better than no progress.

Phrases with progress

  • happening or being done at the present time; not yet finished


    The project is still in progress, but we hope to finish it soon.

  • to move forward or improve in some way


    With hard work and dedication, you can make progress towards your goals.

  • something that is not yet finished but is being worked on


    The painting is a work in progress, and the artist is still adding finishing touches.

Origins of progress

from Latin 'progressus', meaning 'an advance'


Summary: progress in Brief

The term 'progress' [ˈprəʊɡres] refers to forward or onward movement towards a destination or development towards an improved or more advanced condition. It is often used in the context of construction, education, business, and healthcare. Phrases like 'in progress' and 'work in progress' indicate ongoing efforts, while idioms like 'make progress by leaps and bounds' and 'slow progress is better than no progress' highlight the importance of steady improvement.

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