procedure

noun
pro·​ce·​dure | \prə-ˈsē-jər \

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

b : protocol sense 3a

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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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But by missing the Friday deadline, any proposal to emerge from the talks wouldn’t be eligible for expedited floor procedures in Congress this year—making chances of passage remote given that few legislative days remain in 2018. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Panel Won’t Meet Deadline on Fix for Multiemployer Pension Plans," 29 Nov. 2018 Repetitive cycles of uncommanded nose down stabilizer continue to occur unless the stabilizer trim system is deactivated through use of both STAB TRIM CUTOUT switches in accordance with the existing procedures in the Runaway Stabilizer NNC. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of," 13 Nov. 2018 The last several decades have seen a jump in the number of strikes, thanks to a combination of an increase in air travel, the continued growth of populations of animals hazardous to planes, and improved procedures for reporting them. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Airports Keep Birds Away," 5 Nov. 2018 For more on rhinoplasty, check out the complete guide to the procedure in our Life in Plastic series, here. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Is Everywhere These Days — But Are "Liquid Nose Jobs" Safe?," 29 Aug. 2018 Last year there were over 215,000 rhinoplasty procedures in the U.S., which is slightly down from the year before and way down from just a decade ago. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Nose Job Before and After Is Wild," 29 Aug. 2018 There is no procedure in place at this time for requesting a permit and that concerns Jon Elliott, owner of MKE Drones LLC, an aerial photography business. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Drone operators raise concerns about Milwaukee County's proposed ban of devices in parks and parkways," 22 June 2018 Kayla said the lengthy 17-month wait for the thymus transplant is due in part because there is only one care provider who performs the procedure in the United States, an immunologist and transplant specialist at Duke University in North Carolina. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Family stays by side of 4-year-old awaiting transplants," 12 June 2018 The new reporting procedure is detailed in Oculus’ help center. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "A new Oculus feature lets you record an abusive VR user’s behavior and report them," 24 Oct. 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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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 \

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 \

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 \

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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