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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Recent Examples on the Web

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 First, there was the 1978 surgery to remove a ruptured disc and fuse two of the vertebrae in her lower spine, a procedure that helped her walk again. Nick Maslow, PEOPLE.com, "Gloria Gaynor Reveals She Underwent Risky Spine Surgery: 'I Thought I Was Going to Die'," 5 June 2019 After a medical procedure goes awry, his family discovers that Dodge's will dictates he be cryogenically preserved. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Neal Stephenson's Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise," 4 June 2019 Judge Ursula Ungaro agreed the FDA has the authority to regulate a procedure that has become widespread in the burgeoning industry — using patients’ fat to create a stem cell treatment. Laura Mcginley And William Wan, sun-sentinel.com, "FDA wins groundbreaking case against for-profit Sunrise stem cell company," 4 June 2019 The rising-sophomore safety underwent a shoulder procedure at the end of last season that sidelined him this spring. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al.com, "How Auburn’s Smoke Monday didn’t let shoulder injury limit his ability to improve during spring," 4 June 2019 This is a surgical procedure that removes the uterine contents by suction. Dayna Troisi, Allure, "How We Got Abortions Before Abortion Was Legal," 11 Apr. 2019 But Pichai stood firm, insisting that Google has rigorous procedures in place to ensure that the personal political views of Google employees don't undermine the objectivity of search results. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Republicans are mad at Google for search bias—will they do anything about it?," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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The first known use of procedure was circa 1577

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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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