work in progress

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work in progress (countable and uncountable, plural works in progress)

  1. (uncountable) Work that has been started, but is not complete.
    All the efforts to make a New Man are still work in progress.
    • 2021 November 17, Andrew Mourant, “Okehampton: a new dawn for Dartmoor”, in RAIL, number 944, page 43:
      Refurbishing Okehampton station, kept basically sound under ownership by Devon Council, remains a work in progress and scheduled for completion next spring.
  2. (countable) A project that has been started but is not complete.
    Reorganizing my office is a work in progress.
    • 2018 November 3, Phil McNulty, “Arsenal 1 - 1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      They remain a work in progress but in a match many felt would see the new Arsenal's flaws exposed, Emery and his players can regard this as a highly satisfactory result and performance.
  3. (uncountable, accounting) A portion of inventory that represents goods which are no longer salable as raw materials, but not yet salable as finished goods, work in process.
    Work in progress has dramatically declined due to reduced production cycle times.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used as an apology for something not meeting a standard of completeness or perfection.
    This online dictionary is a work in progress.




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