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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Anderson had a procedure on his right leg and Thompson on his left foot. Los Angeles Times, "UCLA’s Martell Irby is ready to take command of running back spot, for now," 14 Aug. 2019 Delays like this have become something of a standard operating procedure for Hollywood over the last 20+ years as the industry grapples with how to navigate the dark reality of gun violence in America. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Universal pulls The Hunt after most recent deadly mass shootings [Updated]," 10 Aug. 2019 In July, New York became the first state to ban the declawing of cats, unless the procedure is medically necessary. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Florida Could Become the Second State to Ban the Declawing of Cats," 8 Aug. 2019 The council anticipates reviewing a draft art master plan — which would outline procedures for management, funding, public engagement and site selection — within the next six months. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach hires Oliver Chi as new city manager," 6 Aug. 2019 Wright had shoulder surgery in December, Lambert is coming off a torn ACL and Forman is coming off a minor back procedure. - Freshman wide receiver Geordon Porter and senior wide receiver John Humphrey have yet to practice. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Sun Devils wrap up third practice; Herm Edwards heads to Canton," 2 Aug. 2019 The Daily Item of Sunbury reports Pennsylvania Department of Transportation expects to have the new procedure in place by the middle of next year. USA TODAY, "Milestone rhino, Bigfoot shooting, jailed for feeding cats: News from around our 50 states," 1 Aug. 2019 The bus-bridge procedure is the same whether the closure lasts an hour, a day or a month, said Jim Linthecum, director of mobility management for SANDAG. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar is weak link in San Diego’s coastal railroad," 28 July 2019 Though the initial procedure was a success, the cancer returned two years later in the same area. Fox News, "Ex-cheerleader's skin cancer left her with graphic, gaping hole in head," 25 July 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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