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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, some private clinics are already preparing more of their workforce to do the procedure, including Planned Parenthood of Maryland, said chief medical officer Kyle Bukowski. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 Once Anne is forced to enter an underground network in order to obtain the procedure, Diwan and her cowriter Marcia Romano ratchet up the suspense, complete with ticking-clock intertitles charting how far along her pregnancy has progressed. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2022 Singleton said normal procedure in transporting a capital murder suspect would call for two armed officers. Donna Thornton, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2022 Like most states, Mississippi does not perform an autopsy — a post-mortem surgical procedure by a forensic pathologist to determine cause of death — for all people. Leah Willingham, ajc, 30 Apr. 2022 Morales added that doctors were able to do an additional – and relatively newly developed – procedure, called an LV exclusion, which excluded Sammy’s left ventricle during Sammy’s first open-heart surgery after he was born. Fox News, 29 Apr. 2022 Separately, officials said a megaphone that was supposed to activate the site’s shelter-in-place procedure was locked in a cage and not accessible, resulting in managers verbally telling workers on where to take shelter. Haleluya Hadero, Chicago Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 The department seized the weapon in accordance with normal procedure. Zak Hudak, CBS News, 26 Apr. 2022 McGrath said at the meeting that per standard procedure, fire crews went back to the scene of the fire on Monday to check on it. Haleigh Kochanski, The Arizona Republic, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Procedure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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?


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


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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