A progression is a series that advances in a logical and predictable pattern. In mathematics, for example, the series 2, 4, 6, 8 is an arithmetic progression. If asked to give the next number, most people would reply 10.

A movement forward, especially one that advances toward some achievement, is called a progression. When you get your learner's permit, it's a step in the natural progression from child to responsible adult — although you may see it as part of your progression toward freedom. The progression from permit to driver's license includes a few more steps, like highway driving and learning how to parallel park your dad's enormous car.

Definitions of progression
  1. noun
    the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
    synonyms: advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progress
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    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
  2. noun
    a movement forward
    synonyms: advance, progress
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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
  3. noun
    a series with a definite pattern of advance
    synonyms: patterned advance
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    arithmetic progression
    (mathematics) a progression in which a constant is added to each term in order to obtain the next term
    geometric progression
    (mathematics) a progression in which each term is multiplied by a constant in order to obtain the next term
    harmonic progression
    (mathematics) a progression of terms whose reciprocals form an arithmetic progression
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    similar things placed in order or happening one after another
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