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    Question Can the word "progress" ever be used as a transitive verb?

    I am not a teacher. I recently heard on television the verb "progress" used with an object. The sentence did not sound right, so I looked progress up in Random House Webster's College Dictionary but did not find a definition for a transitive verb, only a definitiion for an intransitive verb. Could you confirm or deny the correct or incorrect use of progress as a transitive verb?


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    Re: Can the word "progress" ever be used as a transitive verb?

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    I cannot think of or find an example of "progress" as a transitive verb.

    However, give us time. We managed to convert the noun "reverence" into a transitive verb although we already had an excellent verb ("revere") which meant the same thing. So there may yet be hope for "progress."
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    Re: Can the word "progress" ever be used as a transitive verb?

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    I am not a teacher. I recently heard on television the verb "progress" used with an object. The sentence did not sound right, so I looked progress up in Random House Webster's College Dictionary but did not find a definition for a transitive verb, only a definitiion for an intransitive verb. Could you confirm or deny the correct or incorrect use of progress as a transitive verb?
    LONGMAN Dictionary of Contemporary English
    [intransitive and transitive] if an activity such as work or a project progresses, or you progress it, it continues:
    Work on the ship progressed quickly.
    We're hoping to progress the Lane project more quickly next week.


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    Re: Can the word "progress" ever be used as a transitive verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Forbes View Post
    (Not a teacher)

    I cannot think of or find an example of "progress" as a transitive verb.

    However, give us time. We managed to convert the noun "reverence" into a transitive verb although we already had an excellent verb ("revere") which meant the same thing. So there may yet be hope for "progress."
    Yes and here is a funny article about Sarah Palin and a small reference about her use of the word.

    Take a look at these middle management terms:
    "let's progress this plan"
    "let's progress this forwards"

    Google "progress the agenda" and you will be surprised.
    You're right, we are getting there.

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