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Topic: SOCIOLOGY

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of progredi 'to go forward'

progress

1 noun
     
pro‧gress1 S2 W2 [uncountable]
1 the process of getting better at doing something, or getting closer to finishing or achieving somethingCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
make progress progress in (doing) something slow/steady progress good/significant/substantial/rapid progress follow/chart/monitor/keep track of somebody's progress hinder somebody/something's progress (=make it slower) economic/technological/scientific progress
I'm afraid we're not making much progress.
progress of
the slow progress of the investigation
There has been significant progress in in understanding the HIV infection.
progress towards
They say they are making steady progress towards a peace settlement.
progress on
Little progress has been made on human rights issues.
tests designed to monitor the student's progress
At school his academic progress was hindered by a series of health problems.
The country has made huge economic progress in recent years.
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.
3SS change 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

formal happening now, and not yet finished:
A lecture was in progress in the main hall.
work/research in progress
They looked in periodically to check the work in progress.
! progress is an uncountable noun. Do not say 'a progress' or 'progresses'.
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