ETYM Latin progressus, from progredi, p. p. progressus, to go forth or forward; pro forward + gradi to step, go: cf. French progrčs. Related to Grade.
Forward movement or advance. Science progresses, providing more comprehensive theories about the world, and these theories can be tested. In the humanities, assessment of progress involves interpretation and is therefore harder, though not necessarily any less rational. Metaphysical philosophies of history as a form of purposive evolution (such as in the works of German thinkers G W F Hegel and Karl Marx) try to show that progress (variously defined) is inevitable, as it is in teleology (the belief that all change serves a purpose).
1. A movement forward; SYN. progression, advance.
2. The act of moving forward toward a goal; SYN. progression, advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion.
Unincorporated community in Pennsylvania (USA).
To make progress; SYN. come on, come along, advance, get on, get along, shape up.