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 The Sierra Club announced Monday that the agreement with Vistra Energy affiliate Illinois Power Resources Generating to close the E.D. Edwards coal plant in Peoria County will proceed to the federal judge hearing the case, the Journal Star reported. chicagotribune.com, "Vistra Energy agrees to close Peoria County coal plant in 2022," 16 Sep. 2019 Only the registrations selected by the agency are to proceed to the application process, which can cost thousands of dollars per visa in government fees and legal expenses. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "H-1B visa: Federal government plans fee for new registration process," 6 Sep. 2019 Some of those documents were teased in summary judgment motions, though most of what's been uncovered is under seal and may or may not see the light of day should the case proceed to trial. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Tells Court It Shouldn't Have to Disclose Which Actors Have Long-Term Deals," 23 July 2019 According to the statement, the District Attorney’s Office has filed more than 100 felony cases of embezzlement over the past year, but prosecutors believe many more potential cases go unreported because the owners aren’t sure how to proceed. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County DA offers new guide for reporting embezzlement," 11 Sep. 2019 Brubaker recommends ending therapy either prior to your next session or during your next session and having a conversation about how to proceed. Molly Burford, Glamour, "How to Break Up With Your Therapist," 6 Sep. 2019 Facebook said on Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security may not proceed with a plan to create fake profiles to monitor the social media accounts of foreigners seeking to enter the country. CBS News, "Facebook tells Homeland Security: Don't create fake accounts," 3 Sep. 2019 So much so that players are given a pretty intense question on how to proceed: more ray tracing, or more pixels? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Review: Control is Remedy’s best game yet—and a ray tracing masterpiece," 26 Aug. 2019 China’s Foreign Ministry appeared to downplay the comments, emphasizing the need for dialog to resolve differences on trade issues but threatened to retaliate if Washington proceeded with an $8 billion arms sale to Taiwan. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Trump on tackling China: ‘I am the chosen one’," 21 Aug. 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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The first known use of proceed was in the 14th century

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27 Oct 2019

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“Proceed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proceeded. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for proceed

proceed

verb
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

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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