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noun [uncountable] progress pronunciation in American English /ˈprɑɡrəs/
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  1. 1
    the process of developing or improving
    I’m worried about my son’s lack of progress in English.
    progress of: Keep me informed about the progress of the project.
    progress toward: The party called for further progress toward democracy.
    progress on/in: There has not been much progress on the border issue.
    make progress: Recently negotiators have made considerable progress in the talks.
    follow/chart someone’s progress: The documentary follows the progress of a candidate for the Ohio state Senate.
    monitor/track progress (=watch how something develops): Government inspectors will monitor the progress of the plan.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to someones or somethings progress
      a progress meeting/report/review
  2. 2
    mainly literary forward movement
    the ship’s slow progress across the harbor




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