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 The meeting proceeded for several more minutes, though. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Police: Brophy McGee didn't threaten senator who pushed child sex-trafficking conspiracy," 4 Dec. 2019 That meant that in order to proceed, the city needed to close out federal and state involvement, Claffey said. Mary Wisniewski,, "Here’s why you haven’t seen the e-bikes and new South Side stations Divvy promised," 3 Dec. 2019 Earlier this month, Markey and Senator Elizabeth Warren, another Massachusetts Democrat, called on FERC to reject the request to proceed on the station’s construction and to reopen the decision to approve the project., "Federal energy officials gave final approval Wednesday to a controversial natural gas compressor station in Weymouth, a decision that drew sharp rebukes from local advocates who say the station will pose health and safety risks to the community.," 28 Nov. 2019 Marcus does a superb job of explaining and setting forth the details of this part of the story, including the often fascinating conflicts among Republicans about how best to proceed. Washington Post, "The many ambitions that propelled Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," 27 Nov. 2019 Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin ruled on Nov. 1 to block the election, but the Alabama State Supreme Court – about two hours later – stayed the ruling and allowed the election to proceed. John Sharp |, al, "DNC jumps into legal fight between warring factions of Alabama Democratic Party," 15 Nov. 2019 In a blistering 2001 ruling that allowed cases to proceed, the Maryland Court of Appeals found researchers knowingly exposed children to lead without that proper warning. Meredith Cohn,, "Court orders Kennedy Krieger to pay woman harmed in 1990s-era lead paint study," 14 Nov. 2019 Once that gauntlet was passed, immigrants proceeded upstairs where a line of inspectors awaited, each with a section of the ship’s manifest. Paul Thompson, National Geographic, "How Ellis Island shepherded millions of immigrants into America," 13 Nov. 2019 Diamond Club Entertainment withdrew its application in October based on the village board's Oct. 10 decision to reject an amendment that would have allowed the project to proceed without sewer and water utilities. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A baseball complex previously proposed in Pewaukee and Summit has a new destination," 11 Nov. 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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8 Dec 2019

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“Proceed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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How to pronounce proceed (audio)

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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