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a rake's progress
old-fashioned A journey of self-indulgence, hedonism, and moral deterioration. The young man, free to explore Europe with a sizable sum of money in his pocket, was eager to embark on a rake's progress and see what pleasures he could find.
Under way or in development; currently happening. When we arrived, the movie was already in progress, so we decided to wait for a later viewing. Negotiations to end the strike are still in progress, with both sides hoping to reach a deal by the end of the week. The story is still a work in progress, but let me know what you think of it so far.
progress to (something)
To reach a particular destination or outcome. We've finally progressed to the approval stage for our application. Fingers crossed! The opioid problem has progressed to a nationwide epidemic.
progress toward (something)
To be in the process of reaching a particular destination, outcome, or goal. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) With the game progressing toward its conclusion, it seems like the reigning champions will walk away with another victory. The committee is progressing toward the end of its investigation.
progress with (something)
To be in the process of doing something. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) How are you progressing with the report? He's having trouble progressing with his studies. Would you mind tutoring him?
under way; happening; developing or moving right now. Don't enter the studio. There's a show in progress. We now return you to the regularly scheduled show in progress.
progress to something
to reach all the way to something or some place. The crisis has progressed to its final stage. Things had progressed to a serious stage where nothing more could be done for him.
progress toward something
to move partway toward some goal. Nancy is progressing toward her degree quite nicely. We are progressing toward the end of the project.
progress with something
to continue to move toward something or completing something. I can't seem to progress with this project. How are you progressing with the building of your model ship?
Going on, under way, happening, as in She's got another book in progress, or The game was already in progress when I tuned in. [c. 1600]
a rake's progressa progressive deterioration, especially through self-indulgence.
A rake is a fashionable or wealthy man with dissolute or promiscuous habits. A Rake's Progress was the title of a series of engravings by William Hogarth ( 1697–1764 ). They depicted the rake's life progressing from wealthy and privileged origins to debt, despair, and death on the gallows.
Going on; under way: a work in progress.