proceed

verb
pro·​ceed | \ prō-ˈsēd How to pronounce proceed (audio) , 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web But many other schools simply adapted traditions to acknowledge the student unrest, or just proceeded as usual. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Less pomp, given circumstance: Students grapple with virtual graduations," 21 May 2020 Earlier this week, the Texas Education Agency issued guidance on how to proceed with summer school plans that included health and safety considerations. Dallas News, "Teacher group says June 1 too soon for in-person classes," 20 May 2020 Can this judge deny the government’s motion and just proceed to sentence Flynn? Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "A Case From a Judge’s Past May Offer a Clue About How the Michael Flynn Inquiry Will Proceed," 20 May 2020 In the film's iconic ending, The Skull shoots down Al Pacino's Tony Montana with a shotgun blast to the back, ending the proceeding bloodbath and causing the druglord to fall dead into the fountain below. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Geno Silva, shotgun-wielding hitman from iconic Scarface scene, dies at 72," 18 May 2020 To maintain order in the remote court, the justices ask questions beginning with the chief and proceeding according to seniority. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A guide to the Supreme Court’s hearing on Trump’s financial records," 11 May 2020 But the reopening may have to proceed in fits and starts. New York Times, "Stock Markets Show Broad Optimism: Live Business Updates," 11 May 2020 As the state prepares to reopen the economy after a stay-home order that has been in place since early March, even people in the same business are unsure about how to proceed. Freep.com, "Angry protest images don't tell the whole story as Michigan considers when to reopen state," 3 May 2020 Once your dough is in the pan and has doubled in size, proceed to dimple it and drizzle it with olive oil. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "How to Turn Basically's Focaccia into Focaccia PIZZA!," 25 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of proceed was in the 14th century

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“Proceed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proceed. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for proceed

proceed

verb
How to pronounce proceed (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of proceed

: to continue to do something
: to continue being done
: to do something after you have done something else

proceed

verb
pro·​ceed | \ prō-ˈsēd How to pronounce proceed (audio) \
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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