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 In addition, commanding officers must actively monitor the radio, proceed toward, engage in, and directly control the pursuit, according to department policy. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Pointing to drop in homicides, LMPD says police chase policy is working, will continue," 31 Dec. 2019 Next up: Jones must decide how, and when, to proceed with determining the Cowboys’ 2020 coach. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Jerry Jones says 'no door shut' on Jason Garrett as decision awaits on Cowboys coach," 30 Dec. 2019 After going to five sets with Utah in the Sweet 16, Stanford proceeded to sweep three straight Big Ten programs, Penn State, Minnesota and Wisconsin, en route to the championship. James Weber,, "Notre Dame Academy graduate Morgan Hentz ends stellar career with third national title," 22 Dec. 2019 The top committee Republican, Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, said the split view among Americans over impeachment should be reason enough not to proceed with the rare action. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Denver Post, "Trump angrily objects to impeachment, calls it “perversion” in letter to Pelosi," 17 Dec. 2019 The top committee Republican, Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, said the split view among Americans over impeachment should be reason enough not to proceed with the rare action. Lisa Mascaro, Fortune, "Read Trump’s Full Letter to Pelosi Ahead of Impeachment Vote," 17 Dec. 2019 Even under more moderate climate scenarios, ice melt and sea-level rise are proceeding quickly enough to make a noticeable difference. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Maps That Peer Below Antarctic Ice Show Precarious Position of Key Glacier," 13 Dec. 2019 The minister said Riyadh planned to proceed with deeper cuts to energy subsidies between 2020 and 2025 but that the government would assess the impact on private sector growth before deciding on the size of cuts and timing. NBC News, "Aramco IPO to help Saudi economic shift from oil, says finance minister," 11 Dec. 2019 After Blum shared his findings, prosecutors were reluctant to proceed with the case, records show. Elyssa Cherney,, "A questionable crash, conflicting autopsies and now a stabbing: Why police are reexamining the death of an eye doctor’s wife now that he’s accused of killing his girlfriend," 8 Dec. 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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6 Jan 2020

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“Proceed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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 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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