progress

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
  1. noun
    the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
    synonyms: advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progression
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    retreat
    the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
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    push
    an effort to advance
    career, life history
    the general progression of your working or professional life
    march
    a steady advance
    clear sailing, easy going, plain sailing
    easy unobstructed progress
    leapfrog
    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
  2. noun
    gradual improvement or growth or development
    “great progress in the arts”
    synonyms: advancement
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    forwarding, furtherance, promotion
    the advancement of some enterprise
    stride
    significant progress (especially in the phrase "make strides")
    work flow, workflow
    progress (or rate of progress) in work being done
    inroad
    (usually plural) progress or advancement, as toward a goal
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    development
    the act of improving by expanding, enlarging, or refining
  3. noun
    a movement forward
    “he listened for the progress of the troops”
    synonyms: advance, progression
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    head, headway
    forward movement
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    change of location, travel
    a movement through space that changes the location of something
  4. verb
    move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
    synonyms: advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on
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    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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    forge
    move ahead steadily
    penetrate
    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
  5. verb
    develop in a positive way
    “He progressed well in school”
    synonyms: advance, come along, come on, get along, get on, shape up
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    regress, retrograde, retrogress
    get worse or fall back to a previous condition
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    climb
    improve one's social status
    leapfrog
    progress by large jumps instead of small increments
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    develop
    grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
  6. verb
    form or accumulate steadily
    synonyms: build, build up, work up
    build
    develop and grow
    build, build up, ramp up, work up
    bolster or strengthen
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    develop
    grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
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