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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Substitutes should be trained in emergency protocols and required to demonstrate familiarity with the procedures annually. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Creek ISD security panel opts against metal detectors, armed teachers," 12 July 2018 The family estimated on the page that her medical procedures have already cost around $43,000. Josh Magness, sacbee, "She went parasailing and crashed next to an alligator. 'She's very lucky to be alive'," 29 June 2018 The Aurora City Council has approved an option in its bidding procedures for city contracts to give preference to businesses located within the city limits. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora OKs formula to give preference to local firms bidding for city contracts," 29 June 2018 How dare anyone suggest that Texas, which until 2013 had to seek permission from the Department of Justice to move forward with any changes to its voting procedures, would attempt to short shrift minority voters. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "The Supreme Court Continues to Chip Away at Protections for Minority Voters," 25 June 2018 As of now, the children are being held in temporary holding centers with no clear procedure on how they’ll be reunited with their families other than hotlines parents can call to try to track down their children, the DHS said on the call. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Trump’s Family Separation Policy Could Be Detrimental to Parents’ and Children’s Mental Health," 20 June 2018 Those advocating for the resolution are not seeking to do away with all surgical procedures. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "California Resolution Urges Doctors to Delay Surgery on Intersex Youth," 12 June 2018 Doctors not involved in Mrs. Trump's care but familiar with the procedure said embolization most likely was used to remove a type of noncancerous kidney tumor called an angiomylipoma. Bloomberg.com, "Trump Says First Lady’s Doctors Told Her Not to Fly Following Operation," 8 June 2018 In clinical trials for both devices, patients lost at least twice as much weight with these procedures than with diet and exercise alone. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "12 People Have Died After Trying This Popular Weight-Loss Procedure. Here's What You Should Know," 7 June 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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