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See also: 進步 and 进步



Kanji in this term
Grade: 3
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Grade: 2


進歩 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 進步, hiragana しんぽ, rōmaji shinpo)

  1. progress; improvements in social welfare.
  2. Personal progress, usually in the development of a skill.
    • その生徒進歩申し分ない
      sono seito no shinpo wa moushibunai.
      The student’s progress is satisfactory.


進歩する (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 進步する, hiragana しんぽする, rōmaji shinpo suru)

  1. To improve (in reference to a society's technological capability or general quality of life).
    • 医学めざましく進歩している。
      igaku wa mezamashiku shinpo shite iru.
      Progress in medicine is going ahead by leaps and bounds.
  2. To advance in proficiency; to make progress in the development of a skill.
    • トムの日本語少しずつ進歩している。
      Tomu no Nihongo wa sukoshi-zutsu shinpo shite iru.
      Tom’s Japanese is improving little by little.


Usage notesEdit

進歩 is quite common as a verb (進歩する), and it is most easily understood in relation to the English word progress. It is frequently used in reference to social progress, particularly of a technological nature, and to personal progress in a skill. It is not generally used to refer to progress in other sorts of endeavors, such as a trip up a mountain (e.g., "Due to the blizzard, their progress was slow."), or of time in general (e.g., "As the evening progressed, the party became more chaotic.").