progress: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (n.prog'res, -rus or, esp. Brit., prō''), [key]
— n.
  1. a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage: the progress of a student toward a degree.
  2. developmental activity in science, technology, etc., esp. with reference to the commercial opportunities created thereby or to the promotion of the material well-being of the public through the goods, techniques, or facilities created.
  3. advancement in general.
  4. growth or development; continuous improvement: He shows progress in his muscular coordination.
  5. the development of an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than and superior to the previous level.
  6. increasing differentiation and perfection in the course of ontogeny or phylogeny.
  7. forward or onward movement: the progress of the planets.
  8. the forward course of action, events, time, etc.
  9. an official journey or tour, as by a sovereign or dignitary.
  10. going on; under way; being done; happening: The meeting was already in progress.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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