procedure

noun
pro·​ce·​dure | \ prə-ˈsē-jər How to pronounce procedure (audio) \

Definition of procedure

1a : a particular way of accomplishing something or of acting
b : a step in a procedure
2a : a series of steps followed in a regular definite order legal procedure a surgical procedure
b : a set of instructions for a computer that has a name by which it can be called into action
3a : a traditional or established way of doing things

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Examples of procedure in a Sentence

Installing a car battery is a simple procedure. What is the procedure for applying for a loan? New employees are taught the proper safety procedures. We must follow proper court procedure. An identity check is standard police procedure. the procedure for treating a burn The procedure will take two hours.
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Such mental-health assessments are standard procedure in murder cases. Washington Post, "Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty," 14 June 2019 But as Don sat at the hospital, expecting to take his wife home after recovery from what Duntsch had said would be a 45-minute procedure, his wait stretched to hours. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "How ‘Dr. Death’ Left a Trail of Horror Across Texas Hospitals, Leaving 33 Patients Maimed or Dead," 13 June 2019 Maricopa County's Animal Care and Control facility in Mesa extended its quarantine procedures for one more week, according to Jose Miguel Santiago, a facility spokesman. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Maricopa County animal facility in Mesa extends quarantine another week," 13 June 2019 In almost all cases, cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes around 20 minutes. Amir Khan, sun-sentinel.com, "Surgery to treat cataract can wait if vision hasn’t been affected yet," 6 June 2019 Nobody had done this before, because this had never happened, and our procedures became the model for what to do if one of these diseases really comes. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Meet the scientist who took on the first Ebola scare in the U.S.," 2 May 2019 Kolmogorov asserted that there was no general procedure for doing multiplication that required fewer than n2 steps. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Discover the Perfect Way to Multiply," 11 Apr. 2019 An art exhibit coming to Philly this week will stir up a decades-old debate: Infant male circumcision is a procedure many take for granted. Ray Boyd, https://www.inquirer.com, "Summer Arts Guide; Philly World War II veteran finally gets justice | Morning Newsletter," 5 June 2019 The filing is a routine procedure that is used to protect interests in performance of contractual obligations, Cain said in an email to the Free Press. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM, FCA strike a deal with Tesla that consumers subsidize," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of procedure

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for procedure

French procédure, from Middle French, from proceder

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procedure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of procedure

: a series of actions that are done in a certain way or order : an established or accepted way of doing something
: a medical treatment or operation

procedure

noun
pro·​ce·​dure | \ prə-ˈsē-jər How to pronounce procedure (audio) \

Kids Definition of procedure

: an action or series of actions for doing or accomplishing something What is the procedure for school enrollment?

procedure

noun
pro·​ce·​dure | \ prə-ˈsē-jər How to pronounce procedure (audio) \

Medical Definition of procedure

1 : a particular way of accomplishing something or of acting
2 : a step in a procedure especially : a series of steps followed in a regular definite order a surgical procedure a therapeutic procedure

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procedure

noun
pro·​ce·​dure | \ prə-ˈsē-jər How to pronounce procedure (audio) \

Legal Definition of procedure

1 : one or more methods or steps for the enforcement or administration of rights, duties, justice, or laws civil procedure police procedure — compare procedural law, substantive law
2 : a particular and especially established way of doing something a medical procedure security procedures

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