AskDefine | Define progress

Dictionary Definition



1 gradual improvement or growth or development; "advancement of knowledge"; "great progress in the arts" [syn: advancement]
2 the act of moving forward toward a goal [syn: progression, procession, advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion]
3 a movement forward; "he listened for the progress of the troops" [syn: progression, advance]


1 develop in a positive way; "He progressed well in school"; "My plants are coming along"; "Plans are shaping up" [syn: come on, come along, advance, get on, get along, shape up] [ant: regress]
2 move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on" [syn: advance, pass on, move on, march on, go on] [ant: recede]
3 form or accumulate steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border" [syn: build up, work up, build]

User Contributed Dictionary



From progres (French: progrès), from Latin progressus > pro- + gressus, past participle of progredi.

Pronunciation 1

  • (RP): prō'grĕs, /ˈprəʊɡrɛs/, /"pr@UgrEs/
  • (US): prä'grĕs, /ˈprɑɡrɛs/, /"prAgrEs/
  • Rhymes: -ɛs


  1. A moving or going forward; a proceeding onward; an advance
    • In actual space, as the progress of a ship, carriage, etc.
    • In the growth of an animal or plant; increase.
    • In business of any kind; as, the progress of a negotiation; the progress of art
    • In knowledge; in proficiency; as, the progress of a child at school
    • Toward ideal completeness or perfection in respect of quality or condition; -- applied to individuals, communities, or the race; as, social, moral, religious, or political progress
  2. A journey of state; a circuit; especially, one made by a sovereign through parts of his own dominions.
    The Queen embarked on her progress last spring.
  3. the advance or growth of modern, industrialized society, its technology, and its trappings
    The progress of society can be uneven.
a moving forward
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 进步 (jìnbù)
  • Czech: pokrok
  • Dutch: vooruitgang
  • Esperanto: progreso
  • Finnish: edistys
  • French: progrès
  • German: Fortschritt (1,3)
  • Greek: πρόοδος (próodos) (1,3)
  • Hungarian: haladás, fejlődés
  • Ido: progreso
  • Italian: progresso
  • Japanese: 進歩 (しんぽ, shimpo)
  • Korean: 전진 (jeonjin)
  • Novial: progrese
  • Portuguese: progresso
  • Russian: прогресс
  • Spanish: progreso
  • Swedish: framsteg (improvement)
advance or growth of civilization
  • Czech: pokrok
  • Swedish: framsteg, framgång

Pronunciation 2

  • prəgrĕs', /prəˈɡrɛs/, /pr@"grEs/


  1. to move, go, or proceed forward; to advance
    They progress through the museum.
  2. to improve; to become better or more complete
    Societies progress unevenly.

Extensive Definition

Progress indicates generally forward moving (L. Progressus, a going forward, advance) and may refer to:


  • Progress (philosophy), a main object of philosophy of history
  • Evolutionary progress, the idea that there is a largest-scale trend in evolution of organisms and that the trend is toward improvement
  • Scientific progress, the idea that science increases its problem solving ability through the application of some scientific method
  • Social progress, process in which societies or individuals become better
  • Progress trap, process in which science and technology, in pursuing innovation, create more problems than they can solve


Computer science




  • Progress D-27, propfan engine that the U.S.S.R company developed in the 1980s for commercial and military transport aircraft
  • Progress spacecraft, Russian expendable unmanned freighter spacecraft

Other fields

progress in German: Progress (Begriffsklärung)
progress in Esperanto: Progreso
progress in French: Progrès
progress in Croatian: Progress
progress in Ido: Progreso
progress in Italian: Progresso
progress in Japanese: プログレス
progress in Dutch: Progress
progress in Polish: Progress
progress in Portuguese: Progresso
progress in Russian: Прогресс (значения)
progress in Slovak: Progress
progress in Ukrainian: Прогрес (значення)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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