noun \ˈprä-ˌses, ˈprō-, -səs\

: a series of actions that produce something or that lead to a particular result

: a series of changes that happen naturally

medical : something that sticks out of something else

plural pro·cess·es \-ˌse-səz, -sə-, -ˌsēz\

Full Definition of PROCESS

a :  progress, advance <in the process of time>
b :  something going on :  proceeding
a (1) :  a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result <the process of growth> (2) :  a continuing natural or biological activity or function <such life processes as breathing>
b :  a series of actions or operations conducing to an end; especially :  a continuous operation or treatment especially in manufacture
a :  the whole course of proceedings in a legal action
b :  the summons, mandate, or writ used by a court to compel the appearance of the defendant in a legal action or compliance with its orders
:  a prominent or projecting part of an organism or organic structure <a bone process> <a nerve cell process>
:  6conk

Examples of PROCESS

  1. How does the election process work?
  2. Learning a foreign language can be a long process.
  3. We're remodeling our house. The whole process is expected to take a few months.
  4. Breathing and the circulation of blood are life processes.
  5. a bony process on the foot

Origin of PROCESS

Middle English proces, from Anglo-French procés, from Latin processus, from procedere
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of PROCESS

transitive verb
a :  to proceed against by law :  prosecute
b (1) :  to take out a summons against
(2) :  to serve a summons on
a :  to subject to a special process or treatment (as in the course of manufacture or film development)
b (1) :  to subject to or handle through an established usually routine set of procedures <process insurance claims>
(2) :  to integrate sensory information received so that an action or response is generated <the brain processes visual images relayed from the retina> (3) :  to subject to examination or analysis <computers process data>
c :  to work (hair) into a conk

First Known Use of PROCESS


Rhymes with PROCESS



Definition of PROCESS

:  treated or made by a special process especially when involving synthesis or artificial modification
:  made by or used in a mechanical or photomechanical duplicating process
:  of or involving illusory effects usually introduced during processing of the film

First Known Use of PROCESS



verb \prə-ˈses\

Definition of PROCESS

intransitive verb
chiefly British
:  to move in a procession

Origin of PROCESS

back-formation from 1procession
First Known Use: 1814


noun \ˈpräs-ˌes, ˈprōs-, -əs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PROCESS

a : a natural progressively continuing operation or development marked by a series of gradual changes that succeed one another in a relatively fixed way and lead toward a particular result or end <the process of growth> <the process of digestion> b : a natural continuing activity or function <such life processes as breathing and the circulation of the blood>
: a prominent or projecting part of an organism or organic structure <a bone process> <a nerve cell process>


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