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 now, labs will have to extract THC from the sample, come up with a procedure and calibration curve, figure out what instrument is best for testing and expand their accreditation. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Four Texas DAs announce shared plan to stop charging low-level pot cases in light of hemp bill," 3 July 2019 All had undergone painful procedures and paid, in some cases, thousands of dollars to keep their materials suspended in liquid nitrogen at a constant −196°C. Dov Fox, Vox, "The legal limbo of lost embryos," 3 July 2019 Trustees failed to monitor the district’s finances and ensure that the superintendent properly maintained financial procedures and records, the report said. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "Harlandale ISD board’s response to TEA crackdown might include action on superintendent," 1 July 2019 Such terms can include procedures and practices that deny others the right to join on account of lacking certain qualities for membership. SI.com, "Why Private Golf Clubs Are Legally Still Able to Discriminate Against Women," 1 July 2019 Human Rights Watch has criticized the decree as violating EU law, including asylum procedures, and the charter of fundamental rights. Washington Post, "German captain who outraged Italian leader pushes limits," 30 June 2019 The justices generally tilted their docket toward routine disputes over criminal procedure and business litigation rather than blockbuster cases involving fundamental rights and political tripwires. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Supreme Court Wrap-Up: a Slate of Conservative, If Less Predictable, Rulings," 28 June 2019 In 2011 the sector also created the Center for Offshore Safety, which analyzes potential safety hazards, facilitates third-party audits of offshore procedures, and constantly shares safety performance data to prevent future incidents. Robert L. Bradley Jr., National Review, "Green Groups Fight Trump’s Oil-Drilling Deregulation," 26 June 2019 Together, the trends cast a harsh light on safety procedures and blundering responses to some incidents involving tourists, even in cases where the victims seem to have died from natural causes. New York Times, "Crisis Hits Dominican Republic Over Deaths of U.S. Tourists," 23 June 2019

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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 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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