- I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French progrés, from Latin progressus advance, from progredi to go forth, from pro- forward + gradi to go — more at pro-, grade Date: 15th century 1. a. (1) a royal journey marked by pomp and pageant (2) a state procession b. a tour or circuit made by an official (as a judge) c. an expedition, journey, or march through a region 2. a forward or onward movement (as to an objective or to a goal) ; advance 3. gradual betterment; especially the progressive development of mankind II. intransitive verb Date: 1539 1. to move forward ; proceed 2. to develop to a higher, better, or more advanced stage
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.