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Topic: GRAMMAR


progressive

1 adjective
     
pro‧gres‧sive1
1 supporting new or modern ideas and methods, especially in politics and education:
a progressive administration
progressive and forward-looking policies
2 happening or developing gradually over a period of time
progressive decline/reduction/increase etc
the progressive increase in population
Britain's progressive decline as a world power
3SLG technical the progressive form of a verb is used to show that an action or activity is continuing to happen. In English it consists of the verb 'be' followed by the present participle, as in 'I was waiting for the bus.' [= continuous]
progressively adverb:
The situation became progressively worse.
progressiveness noun [uncountable]
progressivism noun [uncountable]
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