pro·​ceed | \prō-ˈsēd, prə-\
proceeded; proceeding; proceeds

Definition of proceed 

intransitive verb

1 : to come forth from a source : issue strange sounds proceeded from the room

2a : to continue after a pause or interruption

b : to go on in an orderly regulated way

3a : to begin and carry on an action, process, or movement

b : to be in the process of being accomplished the work is proceeding well

4 : to move along a course : advance

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Synonyms & Antonyms for proceed


advance, come, come along, do, fare, forge, get along, get on, go, go along, go off, march, pace, progress


remain, stand, stay, stop

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spring, arise, rise, originate, derive, flow, issue, emanate, proceed, stem mean to come up or out of something into existence. spring implies rapid or sudden emerging. an idea that springs to mind arise and rise may both convey the fact of coming into existence or notice but rise often stresses gradual growth or ascent. new questions have arisen slowly rose to prominence originate implies a definite source or starting point. the fire originated in the basement derive implies a prior existence in another form. the holiday derives from an ancient Roman feast flow adds to spring a suggestion of abundance or ease of inception. words flowed easily from her pen issue suggests emerging from confinement through an outlet. blood issued from the cut emanate applies to the coming of something immaterial (such as a thought) from a source. reports emanating from the capital proceed stresses place of origin, derivation, parentage, or logical cause. advice that proceeds from the best of intentions stem implies originating by dividing or branching off from something as an outgrowth or subordinate development. industries stemming from space research

Examples of proceed in a Sentence

Tenet's problem is that the intelligence and the war proceeded in lockstep: no intelligence, no war. — Thomas Powers, New York Review of Books, 19 July 2007 But we're both gasping, and proceed to play the ugliest, slowest game in history. — S. L. Price, Sports Illustrated, 31 Dec. 2007 That ash includes light particles that strong winds proceed to carry over much of the country … — Jared M. Diamond, Collapse, 2005 After the interruption, she proceeded with her presentation. “Before we proceed further, does anyone have any questions?” We will proceed according to plan. We may not be able to proceed as planned. The problems have been fixed and the work can now proceed. All passengers must proceed to the baggage claim area. The crowd proceeded toward the exits. The troops proceeded north along the river.
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Saipov, though, would be given a chance to testify if his case proceeds to trial and, if convicted, could speak at sentencing. CBS News, "Man charged in NYC bike path killings invokes "Allah" and defends ISIS in court," 23 June 2018 Her case will be heard the week of July 16 by a grand jury, which will decide whether the case should proceed. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Katina Powell, accused of stealing blank checks, will see grand jury," 7 June 2018 The bankruptcy case proceeded slowly as attorneys argued over how much money the archdiocese should have to pay. NBC News, "St. Paul archdiocese to pay $210M to clergy abuse victims," 1 June 2018 There were also options for challenging the seizure administratively through internal CBP channels or letting the case proceed in federal court. Christopher Ingraham, ajc, "64-year-old put his life savings in his carry-on. U.S. Customs took it," 31 May 2018 The end result seems to be a hybrid approach — giving defendants the option to plead guilty and be sentenced in the same day, as in Tucson, while also building in an additional four days for those who need more time to decide how to proceed. Kristina Davis,, "San Diego federal court begins fast-tracking border-crossing cases. Critics call it 'assembly line justice'," 10 July 2018 The end result seems to be a hybrid approach — giving defendants the option to plead guilty and be sentenced in the same day, as in Tucson, while also building in an additional four days for those who need more time to decide how to proceed. Kristina Davis,, "Fast-track misdemeanor immigration court rolls out with confusion, tension," 9 July 2018 Trump’s own advisers are divided on how to proceed. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The U.S. Trade War with China Has Reached a Dangerous New Phase," 1 June 2018 That, in turn, allows typical anti-tumor immune responses to proceed. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of proceed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for proceed

Middle English proceden, from Anglo-French proceder, from Latin procedere, from pro- forward + cedere to go — more at pro-

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English Language Learners Definition of proceed

: to continue to do something

: to continue being done

: to do something after you have done something else


pro·​ceed | \prō-ˈsēd \
proceeded; proceeding

Kids Definition of proceed

1 : to go forward or onward : advance The plane stopped in Chicago before proceeding to Boston.

2 : to begin and continue with an action or process … Grayson took the mound and proceeded to pitch …— Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee

3 : to go or act by an orderly method Did the meeting proceed according to plan?

4 : to come from a source Light proceeds from the sun.

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