|1.||of or relating to progress|
|2.||proceeding or progressing by steps or degrees|
|3.||(often capital) favouring or promoting political or social reform through government action, or even revolution, to improve the lot of the majority: a progressive policy|
|4.||denoting or relating to an educational system that allows flexibility in learning procedures, based on activities determined by the needs and capacities of the individual child, the aim of which is to integrate academic with social development|
|5.||Compare regressive (of a tax or tax system) graduated so that the rate increases relative to the amount taxed|
|6.||(esp of a disease) advancing in severity, complexity, or extent|
|7.||(of a dance, card game, etc) involving a regular change of partners after one figure, one game, etc|
|8.||denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages, including English, used to express prolonged or continuous activity as opposed to momentary or habitual activity: a progressive aspect of the verb ``to walk'' is ``is walking.''|
|9.||a person who advocates progress, as in education, politics, etc|
|10.||a. the progressive aspect of a verb|
|b. a verb in this aspect|
|1.||(US) history a member or supporter of a Progressive Party|
|2.||Canadian history a member or supporter of a chiefly agrarian reform movement advocating the nationalization of railways, low tariffs, an end to party politics, and similar measures: important in the early 1920s|
|3.||of, relating to, or characteristic of a Progressive Party, Progressive movement, or Progressives|
progressive pro·gres·sive (prə-grěs'ĭv)
Moving forward; advancing.
Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments, as of a course of treatment.
Tending to become more severe or wider in scope, as of a disease or paralysis.