The process of advancement and the way things move in the positive direction of improvement is called progress. If you got a B on your last test and a B+ on this one, that's progress.

If you're moving toward a goal, you're making progress too. On a long trip, it feels like you're barely making progress, but every hour you've driven another 60 miles towards your destination. Or, the news reported recent progress in peace talks between the two feuding nations. Have you ever heard someone say that you can't stop progress? That means that things keep advancing and getting more complicated. Place the accent on the second syllable if you use it as a verb. Let's progress to the next stage.

Definitions of progress

n the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)

advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progression
the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
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an effort to advance
career, life history
the general progression of your working or professional life
a steady advance
clear sailing, easy going, plain sailing
easy unobstructed progress
advancing as if in the child's game, by leaping over obstacles or competitors
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motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another

n gradual improvement or growth or development

“great progress in the arts”
forwarding, furtherance, promotion
the advancement of some enterprise
significant progress (especially in the phrase "make strides")
work flow, workflow
progress (or rate of progress) in work being done
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act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining

n a movement forward

“he listened for the progress of the troops”
advance, progression
head, headway
forward movement
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change of location, travel
a movement through space that changes the location of something

v move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on
draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw
pull back or move away or backward
back away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one's horns, retreat, withdraw
make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
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move ahead steadily
make one's way deeper into or through
creep up, sneak up
advance stealthily or unnoticed
encroach, impinge, infringe
advance beyond the usual limit
plough on, press on, push on
continue moving forward
string, string along
move or come along
overhaul, overtake, pass
travel past
close in, draw in
advance or converge on
edge, inch
advance slowly, as if by inches
rachet up, ratchet, ratchet down
move by degrees in one direction only
elapse, glide by, go along, go by, lapse, pass, slide by, slip away, slip by
pass by
get by
pass or move in front of
fell, fly, vanish
pass away rapidly
clear, top
pass by, over, or under without making contact
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go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v develop in a positive way

“He progressed well in school”
advance, come along, come on, get along, get on, shape up
regress, retrograde, retrogress
get worse or fall back to a previous condition
improve one's social status
progress by large jumps instead of small increments
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grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

v form or accumulate steadily

build, build up, work up
develop and grow
build, build up, ramp up, work up
bolster or strengthen
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grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

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