Movement, as toward a goal; advance. Development or growth: students who show progress. Steady improvement, as of a society or civilization: a believer in human progress. See Synonyms at development. A ceremonial journey made by a sovereign through his or her realm. To advance; proceed: Work on the new building progressed at a rapid rate. To advance toward a higher or better stage; improve steadily: as medical technology progresses. To increase in scope or severity, as a disease taking an unfavorable course. in progress Going on; under way: a work in progress.