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prog·ress

–noun 

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. 

Biology. 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.
–verb (used without object)pro·gress 

10. 

to go forward or onward in space or time: The wagon train progressed through the valley. As the play progressed, the leading man grew more inaudible.
11. 

to grow or develop, as in complexity, scope, or severity; advance: Are you progressing in your piano studies? The disease progressed slowly.

—Idiom

12. 

in progress, going on; under way; being done; happening:The meeting was already in progress.
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