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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Synonyms & Antonyms for proceed

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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Manhattan local prosecutors are pursuing a related criminal case against Mr. Manafort, The Wall Street Journal and others reported Friday, which could proceed if President Trump decides to pardon Mr. Manafort of the federal crimes. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Paul Manafort Committed ‘Bold’ Crimes, Mueller’s Team Says," 23 Feb. 2019 If the Supreme Court doesn’t step in to let the President proceed while lower courts consider the merits, Mr. Trump will be stymied well into 2020. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Political Emergency," 14 Feb. 2019 The judge’s ruling means Zachary Cruz’s lawsuit can proceed toward a possible trial. Curt Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Prosecutors want trial date in Florida school shooting," 8 Jan. 2019 There, scientists from around the world met to discuss how society should proceed with this technology. Julia Belluz, Vox, "CRISPR gene-edited babies have arrived, according to a Chinese scientist," 26 Nov. 2018 Martin is doing that by donating all partnership proceeds to H.E.A.R.T., which Cuyana will then match in kind. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Makeup Artist Daniel Martin Launches a Genius Travel Makeup Bag With Cuyana," 1 Nov. 2018 Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had said a vote would proceed in the absence of a response from Ford's team by the cutoff time. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Tentative agreement reached for Kavanaugh-Ford hearing on Thursday, source says," 2 Oct. 2018 Mendez ruled Monday, July 9, 2018, that the federal government could proceed with its attempt to block part of a third California sanctuary law. Washington Post, "Judge denies US claim on 2 of 3 California immigration laws," 11 July 2018 There’s every indication that the nomination of Kennedy’s successor will proceed with precision uncharacteristic of Trump’s White House. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Anthony Kennedy Strategy Was Calculated, With None of His Trademark Chaos," 29 June 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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The first known use of proceed was in the 14th century

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proceed

verb

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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