1. A moving or going forward; a proceeding onward; an advance; specifically: (a) In actual space, as the progress of a ship, carriage, etc. (b) In the growth of an animal or plant; increase. (c) In business of any kind; as, the progress of a negotiation; the progress of art. (d) In knowledge; in proficiency; as, the progress of a child at school. (e) 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 king being returned from his progresse. --Evelyn.
Pro·gress v. i. [imp. & p. p. Progressed p. pr. & vb. n. Progressing.]
1. To make progress; to move forward in space; to continue onward in course; to proceed; to advance; to go on; as, railroads are progressing. “As his recovery progressed.”
Let me wipe off this honorable dew,
That silverly doth progress on thy checks. --Shak.
They progress in that style in proportion as their pieces are treated with contempt. --Washington.
The war had progressed for some time. --Marshall.
2. To make improvement; to advance.
If man progresses, art must progress too. --Caird.
Prog·ress v. t. To make progress in; to pass through. [Obs.]
n 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,
3: a movement forward; "he listened for the progress of the
troops" [syn: progression, advance]
v 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]