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Definition 1: the act of moving forward (as toward a goal) - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for progress in the sense of this definition

(progress is a kind of ...) the act of changing location from one place to another

"police controlled the motion of the crowd" "the movement of people from the farms to the cities" "his move put him directly in my path"

(... is a kind of progress ) an effort to advance

"the army made a push toward the sea"

(... is a kind of progress ) the general progression of your working or professional life

"the general had had a distinguished career" "he had a long career in the law"

(... is a kind of progress ) a steady advance

"the march of science" "the march of time"

(... is a kind of progress ) easy unobstructed progress

"after we solved that problem the rest was plain sailing"

(... is a kind of progress ) advancing as if in the child's game, by leaping over obstacles or competitors

"the company still believes the chip is a leapfrog in integration and will pay huge dividends"

Definition 2: gradual improvement or growth or development - [noun denoting act]

Samples where progress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • advancement of knowledge
  • great progress in the arts

Synonyms for progress in the sense of this definition

(progress is a kind of ...) act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining

"he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency" "they funded research and development"

(... is a kind of progress ) the advancement of some enterprise

"his experience in marketing resulted in the forwarding of his career"

(... is a kind of progress ) significant progress (especially in the phrase `make strides')

"they made big strides in productivity"

(... is a kind of progress ) progress (or rate of progress) in work being done

Definition 3: a movement forward - [noun denoting event]

Samples where progress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he listened for the progress of the troops

Synonyms for progress in the sense of this definition

(progress is a kind of ...) a movement through space that changes the location of something

(... is a kind of progress ) forward movement

"the ship made little headway against the gale"

Definition 4: develop in a positive way - [verb of change]

Samples where progress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He progressed well in school
  • My plants are coming along
  • Plans are shaping up

Synonyms for progress in the sense of this definition

(progress is a kind of ...) grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

"A flower developed on the branch" "The country developed into a mighty superpower" "The embryo develops into a fetus" "This situation has developed over a long time"

(... is a kind of progress ) improve one's social status

"This young man knows how to climb the social ladder"

(... is a kind of progress ) progress by large jumps instead of small increments

Definition 5: form or accumulate steadily - [verb of change]

Samples where progress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly
  • Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border

Synonyms for progress in the sense of this definition

(progress is a kind of ...) grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

"A flower developed on the branch" "The country developed into a mighty superpower" "The embryo develops into a fetus" "This situation has developed over a long time"

(progress has a similar meaning as ...) develop and grow

"Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"

(progress has a similar meaning as ...) bolster or strengthen

"We worked up courage" "build up confidence" "ramp up security in the airports"

Definition 6: move forward, also in the metaphorical sense - [verb of motion]

Samples where progress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Time marches on

Synonyms for progress in the sense of this definition

(progress is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of progress ) move by degrees in one direction only

"a ratcheting lopping tool"

(... is a kind of progress ) advance slowly, as if by inches

"He edged towards the car"

(... is a kind of progress ) advance or converge on

"The police were closing in on him"

(... is a kind of progress ) travel past

"The sports car passed all the trucks"

(... is a kind of progress ) move or come along

(... is a kind of progress ) continue moving forward

(... is a kind of progress ) advance beyond the usual limit

(... is a kind of progress ) advance stealthily or unnoticed

"Age creeps up on you"

(... is a kind of progress ) make one's way deeper into or through

"The hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest"

(... is a kind of progress ) move ahead steadily

"He forged ahead"

(... is a kind of progress ) pass by

"three years elapsed"

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