• noun the movement of work towards completion


  • noun the way in which a person is becoming well
  • verb to develop and improve, or to continue to do well
  • verb to move to a more advanced stage


  • noun development, usually of a gradual kind, towards achieving a goal or reaching a higher standard
  • verb to move to the next round of a competition

Origin & History of “progress”

Progress is one of a large family of English words (including also grade, gradual, transgress, etc) that go back to Latin gradus ‘step’. From it was derived the verb gradī ‘go, step’, which in combination with the prefix prō- ‘forward’ produced prōgredī ‘go forward’. English gets progress from its past participle prōgressus.