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noun pro·cess \ˈprä-ˌses, ˈprō-, -səs\

Simple Definition of process

  • : 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

Full Definition of process

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

  1. 1 a :  progress, advance <in the process of time> b :  something going on :  proceeding

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 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

  4. 4 :  a prominent or projecting part of an organism or organic structure <a bone process> <a nerve cell process>

  5. 5 :  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



verb pro·cess

Definition of process

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to proceed against by law :  prosecute b (1) :  to take out a summons against (2) :  to serve a summons on

  3. 2 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



adjective pro·cess

Definition of process

  1. 1 :  treated or made by a special process especially when involving synthesis or artificial modification

  2. 2 :  made by or used in a mechanical or photomechanical duplicating process

  3. 3 :  of or involving illusory effects usually introduced during processing of the film


First Known Use of process




verb pro·cess \prə-ˈses\

Definition of process

chiefly British

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move in a procession

Origin of process

back-formation from 1procession

First Known Use: 1814

Medical Dictionary


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noun pro·cess \ˈpräs-ˌes, ˈprōs-, -əs\

Medical Definition of process

  1. 1a:  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>

  2. 2:  a prominent or projecting part of an organism or organic structure <a bone process> <a nerve cell process>

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