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 They were allowed to proceed directly to the photo booth which features a backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Moms soar to the skies free of charge on Mother's Day," 9 May 2021 Both bills, which already passed in the House, were elevated out of committee and could next proceed to a full Senate floor vote. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "Proposal to drop entrance exam requirements at public universities advances in Illinois Legislature," 7 May 2021 Cremation is considered an important part of Hindu funeral rites, due to the belief the body must be destroyed for the soul to proceed to reincarnation. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "As India's crematoriums overflow with Covid victims, pyres burn through the night," 29 Apr. 2021 The inability to present witness testimony or other admissible evidence resulted in the Boston Police Department’s inability to proceed to a Disciplinary Hearing due to lack of evidence. BostonGlobe.com, "Read the full statement from former Boston police commissioner Paul Evans calling for the release of full internal affairs file on patrolman Patrick Rose," 21 Apr. 2021 But the measure does not have sufficient support to pass the Senate, where 60 votes, including from 10 Republicans, would be needed to proceed to the measure. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "House will vote to make DC 51st state, but the proposal faces long odds in the Senate," 20 Apr. 2021 The committee sent House Bill 2001 to the House Rules Committee, a move that allows the bill to be modified, killed or given a thumbs up to proceed to the full House as is. oregonlive, "Oregon bill that aims to preserve teacher diversity during layoffs passes House Education Committee," 14 Apr. 2021 Live whole lobsters remain here until shipping, while the majority proceed immediately to the next step: processing. Adam Erace, Fortune, "How Luke’s Lobster gets seafood from the docks to your doorstep," 10 Apr. 2021 Or the virus could take a different turn and proceed to the prefrontal cortex, the seat of cognition and emotional regulation, both of which are frequently impaired in post-COVID syndrome. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "Psychiatric and neurological problems are common in COVID-19’s wake, study finds," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Proceed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proceed. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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