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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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 What about the fifth iconotype, the corporate executive who decides to have a cosmetic procedure? Nadra Nittle, Vox, "More and more men are getting plastic surgery. A doctor explains why.," 12 Sep. 2018 State Firefighter Advisory Committee Chairman Mike Wisko said the commission wanted Thursday's rule change to ensure departments across the state have adequate gear cleaning procedures. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Amid probe of HFD, Texas fire commission adopts stricter rule on gear cleaning," 13 July 2018 O’Day received a second opinion from a specialist in Nashville on Friday before deciding whether to have the procedure. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: O'Day to have season-ending surgery," 30 June 2018 With the autopsy request coming directly from the family rather than at the state's behest, the full findings were sealed after the procedure. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Inside the Enduring Mysteries of Elvis Presley's Death," 16 Mar. 2019 My doctor tells me my body can’t get pregnant again until about a month after the procedure to remove the contents of my uterus. Rachel Christensen, SELF, "Losing My Pregnancy and the 2016 Election Taught Me That We Have No Choice But to Keep Going," 8 Nov. 2018 After the procedure, biopsies of my leftover tissue showed no signs of malignant cells. Lambeth Hochwald, Glamour, "I Got a Mastectomy…Twice," 27 Sep. 2018 The youngster is said to be making a good recovery after the procedure at a state hospital in Suri, West Bengal, India. Fox News, "Girl, 10, gets safety pin stuck up nose," 24 Sep. 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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