procedure

noun pro·ce·dure \ prə-ˈsē-jər \

Definition of procedure

1 a :a particular way of accomplishing something or of acting
b :a step in a procedure
2 a :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
3 a :a traditional or established way of doing things
b :protocol 3a

Examples of procedure in a Sentence

  1. Installing a car battery is a simple procedure.

  2. What is the procedure for applying for a loan?

  3. New employees are taught the proper safety procedures.

  4. We must follow proper court procedure.

  5. An identity check is standard police procedure.

  6. the procedure for treating a burn

  7. The procedure will take two hours.

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Origin and Etymology of procedure

French procédure, from Middle French, from proceder


PROCEDURE Defined for English Language Learners

procedure

noun

Definition of procedure for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

procedure

noun pro·ce·dure \ prə-ˈsē-jər \

Definition of procedure for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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

Law Dictionary

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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