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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Health insurance companies are also examining how to proceed. Anne Saker,, "Cincinnati hospitals reluctantly realize that medical marijuana is coming to town," 11 July 2018 Republicans are nevertheless divided over how to proceed. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Senate Takes Symbolic Step to Assert Power on Trade," 11 July 2018 According to city officials, the ordinance also would require a public hearing, and ultimately a decision by the council on how to proceed. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Paid sick leave initiative signatures said to be enough," 6 July 2018 Asked what comes next, leaders in the reform movement presented different — and occasionally conflicting — ideas for how to proceed. Jonathan Lai,, "Pa. redistricting reform not dead … but close to it," 26 June 2018 Cantrell said Wednesday that prosecutors made a plea offer, but Cantrell needed more time to talk with his client about how to proceed. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Defense mulling plea offer in case of Gary girl, 16, charged with mother's murder," 20 June 2018 Firms along Sand Hill Road are internally divided about how to proceed. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Lightspeed is plotting a new crypto investing project led by one of its partners," 17 May 2018 Goodlatte eventually let the hearing proceed without calling the panel into recess. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Gowdy slams Strzok: 'I don't give a damn what you appreciate'," 13 July 2018 After years of postponements and procedural delays — both sides argued over the admissibility of particular cellphone evidence — the bench trial began Monday and proceeded with closing arguments Thursday. Tim Prudente,, "Anne Arundel judge to decide 2013 murder case against Odenton man," 12 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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Phrases Related to proceed

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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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