Simple Definition of proceed
: to continue to do something
: to continue being done
: to do something after you have done something else
Full Definition of proceed
1 : to come forth from a source : issue <strange sounds proceeded from the room>
2 a : to continue after a pause or interruption b : to go on in an orderly regulated way
4 : to move along a course : advance
Examples of proceed in a sentence
Tenet's problem is that the intelligence and the war proceeded in lockstep: no intelligence, no war. —Thomas Powers, New York Review of Books, 19 July 2007
But we're both gasping, and proceed to play the ugliest, slowest game in history. —S. L. Price, Sports Illustrated, 31 Dec. 2007
That ash includes light particles that strong winds proceed to carry over much of the country … —Jared M. Diamond, Collapse, 2005
After the interruption, she proceeded with her presentation.
“Before we proceed further, does anyone have any questions?”
We will proceed according to plan.
We may not be able to proceed as planned.
The problems have been fixed and the work can now proceed.
All passengers must proceed to the baggage claim area.
The crowd proceeded toward the exits.
The troops proceeded north along the river.
Origin of proceed
Middle English proceden, from Anglo-French proceder, from Latin procedere, from pro- forward + cedere to go — more at pro-
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of proceed
Rhymes with proceed
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PROCEED Defined for Kids
Definition of proceed for Students
1 : to go forward or onward : advance <The plane stopped in Chicago before proceeding to Boston.>
2 : to begin and continue with an action or process <… Grayson took the mound and proceeded to pitch … — Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee>
3 : to go or act by an orderly method <Did the meeting proceed according to plan?>
4 : to come from a source <Light proceeds from the sun.>
Word Root of proceed
The Latin word cedere, meaning “to go,” gives us the root ced. Words from the Latin cedere have something to do with going. To precede is to go before. To exceed is to go beyond a limit. To proceed is to go forward. To recede is to go back or away.
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