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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The ruling will not have any immediate practical consequences because other groups have already secured an order blocking Mr. Trump from proceeding. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Trump Wins Ruling in House’s Border Wall Suit," 3 June 2019 Warning: There are major spoilers ahead, so proceed with caution. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Season 4 of 'The Good Place' Sounds Like It Will Be the Most Righteous One Yet," 3 May 2019 Last year, The Wall Street Journal revealed how some of China’s gene-editing trials proceeded with little regulatory oversight. Preetika Rana, WSJ, "WHO Reacts to Chinese Gene-Edited Twins With Plan for Global Guidelines," 21 Feb. 2019 So please, take it slow, take a realistic look at your skin, and proceed with caution. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Before Trying Glossier's Zit Stick Treatment, Read This," 5 Sep. 2018 But without proceeding with caution as the thaw continues, and without emphasizing chaebol reform along with any other changes, corrupt forces in the North and South might just offset the substantial progress that stands to be made. David Volodzko, The New Republic, "The Corporate Gangs Who Could Profit From Trade With North Korea," 26 June 2018 In one of the only touching moments in the episode, Arya calls him by his first name, Sandor, for the first time, thanks him, and proceeds to get the hell out of the city on a white horse. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Does Arya's White Horse Mean on Game of Thrones?," 15 May 2019 At 99, John Paul Stevens can remember a time when a Supreme Court nomination prompted minimal controversy, confirmation hearings proceeded without made-for-television speechifying and senators unanimously approved an unblemished nominee. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "John Paul Stevens Worries About the Court," 10 May 2019 This bug is easily fixed: Simply remove the SD card and/or USB storage, then proceed through the upgrade as usual via Windows Update. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10 May 2019 Update bug prevents the upgrade unless SD and USB devices are removed," 24 Apr. 2019

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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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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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