From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishprogresspro‧gress1 /ˈprəʊɡres $ ˈprɑː-/ ●●● S2 W2 noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 1 PROGRESSthe process of getting better at doing something, or getting closer to finishing or achieving somethingprogress of 🔊 The police are disappointed by the slow progress of the investigation.progress in 🔊 There has been significant progress in controlling heart disease.progress towards 🔊 We are making steady progress towards a peaceful settlement.progress on 🔊 Little progress has been made on human rights issues.2 slow or steady movement somewhere 🔊 We made good progress despite the snow.progress through 🔊 They watched the ship’s slow progress through the heavy seas.3 SSPROGRESSchange which is thought to lead to a better society, because of developments in science or fairer methods of social organization 🔊 Mankind is destroying the planet, all in the name of progress (=because people want progress). 🔊 Under communism, nothing was allowed to get in the way of the great march of progress.4 → in progress• Progress is an uncountable noun: She is making good progress. ✗Don’t say: She is making a good progress. • Progress is not used with ‘a’.COLLOCATIONSverbsmake progressThe country has made significant economic progress.hinder somebody’s progress (=make it slower)Language problems might hinder a child’s progress at school.achieve progressThe talks ended with no real progress having been achieved.check (on) somebody’s progressA social worker calls regularly to check on the children’s progress.follow/monitor/chart somebody’s progress (=keep checking it)Throughout the night, doctors charted his progress.assess/evaluate/review somebody’s progressWe appraise the work and evaluate each student’s individual progress.adjectivesslowThe task remains difficult and progress has been slow.steadySteady progress has been made towards our objectives.goodHe is out of hospital and making good progress.rapidThe investigation is making rapid progress.significant/real progressSignificant progress has been made in reducing nuclear weapons.great progress Scientists have made great progress in the last four years.substantial/considerable progress2007 was a year of substantial progress for the company.satisfactory progressThe two students who fell behind are now making satisfactory progress.THESAURUSprogress noun [uncountable] /ˈprəʊɡres $ ˈprɑː-/ the process of getting better at doing something, or getting closer to finishing or achieving somethinga test of the students’ progressWe have made good progress towards meeting our objectives.advance noun [countable usually plural] /ədˈvɑːns $ ədˈvæns/ a discovery, invention, or change that brings progressthe technological advances of the twentieth centuryadvances in scientific knowledgeIn recent years there have been enormous economic and social advances.breakthrough noun [countable] /ˈbreɪkθruː/ an important discovery or achievement that makes progress possible, especially one that happens suddenly after a long period of tryingScientists have described the discovery as a major breakthrough.The breakthrough in the investigation came when police found a stolen car.make headway to make progress towards achieving something – used especially when it is difficult to make progress After several months of discussion, the committee had made little headway.no progressstalemate/deadlock /ˈsteɪlmeɪt/ [countable, uncountable] a situation in which no further progress can be made because two groups or organizations cannot find a way to end a disagreementThe negotiations ended in deadlock.At that point the strike appeared to have reached a stalemate.the year-long political deadlock between the two parties impasse /æmˈpɑːs $ ˈɪmpæs/ [singular] formal a situation in which progress has stopped completely, especially because people cannot agree on what to do nextThe continuing impasse over the budget.The situation seemed to have reached an impasse.grind to a halt to slowly stop making any progressThe economy seems to be grinding to a halt.It was clear that the peace talks had ground to a halt.
Examples from the Corpusprogress• Progress in technology has changed people's lives dramatically.• a progress report• Any progress in cancer research may help to save lives.• In fact, the scientists were making considerable progress.• I would then return to a classroom where a historically rich conversation was in progress.• Yes, we've made progress. But there's so much more to do.• The older generation is simply afraid of progress.• Bad weather has prevented progress on retrieving the plane from the sea.• Having made real progress in establishing democratic governments and free markets, they seek to professionalize their military establishments.• The new national tests are intended to keep a closer check on children's progress.• I agree wholeheartedly that parents need to be informed of their children's progress.• We are very pleased with your son's progress at school.• Spencer insisted that free enterprise was the key to social progress.• Despite all the adversity, when the first report card came out, Casey had actually made some progress.• The two sides are making some progress toward a compromise.• We are making steady progress towards equal status for men and women.• Can anyone identify the driving forces behind such progress?• It is assumed that technical progress is purely labour-augmenting.• Technological progress has allowed people to build immensely tall skyscrapers.• We must ensure that they receive ample opportunities to improve their skills and monitor their progress.made good progress• Dawn made good progress, and was soon able to stand up.• We have made good progress on education.• Sasbach was no exception and I made good progress with Pascal's Pensées.• In her flat and comfortable lace-up shoes, she made good progress on her daily outing.• After that they made better progress and managed to slip undetected out into the emptiness.• They made good progress and some were soon scaling the dominating ridge leading to Chunuk Bair.• Initially, partly sheltered by the great landmass of North Uist, we made good progress southwards.• We made good progress, and by mid-afternoon another line was complete.