proceeding

noun
pro·​ceed·​ing | \ prō-ˈsē-diŋ How to pronounce proceeding (audio) , prə-\

Definition of proceeding

1 : legal action a divorce proceeding
2 : procedure
3 proceedings plural : events, happenings
5 proceedings plural : an official record of things said or done

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Synonyms for proceeding

Synonyms

action, lawsuit, suit

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Examples of proceeding in a Sentence

The secretary kept a record of the proceedings at the meeting. She started the proceedings with a brief welcoming speech. The proceedings of the conference will be published.
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Because Liu’s ashes were buried in the ocean in proceedings that were closely controlled by the authorities, supporters have tried to hold memorials by various seashores. Washington Post, "Nobel widow’s release is short-lived human rights triumph," 13 July 2018 This is not the first time the home has been involved in legal proceedings. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Highland Park mansion's use of Airbnb spurs neighbor lawsuit: 'We have to clean up empty beer cans'," 10 July 2018 Peisinger also said he was never involved in any court proceedings against the officers. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Republican race for Harford state's attorney heats up in final days," 22 June 2018 Zimmerman was set to appear in court, again, for the umpteenth time, for an arraignment May 30, but his defense waived that proceeding. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "I Love This Song: George Zimmerman Tells Court He’s a Broke-Ass Bitch Who’s $2.5 Million in Debt With No Income," 24 May 2018 The gesture followed a year of bitter divorce proceedings against Linda, which put the couple’s riches on public display, like the opening of King Solomon’s mines. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Billion Dollar Divorces: What Happens When the Super Wealthy Risk Everything for Love on the Down-Low," 10 Apr. 2019 Some of Steele’s information has been borne out in court proceedings initiated by special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018 In immigration proceedings, children are often left to fend for themselves: One-year-old toddlers have landed in court. Sarah Kinosian, Teen Vogue, "Reunification Proves Complicated for Families Separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border," 14 July 2018 Two initial allegations at the Karolyi Ranch were included in the Michigan proceedings. David Wharton, latimes.com, "Texas prosecutors charge Larry Nassar with sexual assault at Karolyi Ranch," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of proceeding

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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proceeding

noun

English Language Learners Definition of proceeding

law : the process of appearing before a court of law so a decision can be made about an argument or claim : a legal action
: things that are said or done at a meeting, conference, ceremony, etc.
formal : an official record of the things said or done at a meeting, conference, etc.

proceeding

noun
pro·​ceed·​ing

Legal Definition of proceeding

1 : a particular step or series of steps in the enforcement, adjudication, or administration of rights, remedies, laws, or regulations: as
a : an action, hearing, trial, or application before the court
collateral proceeding
: a proceeding that concerns an order, motion, petition, or writ deriving from or sought in relation to another proceeding (as a trial) a collateral proceeding on a motion to have the judge in a pending trial disqualified especially : one in which a collateral attack on a judgment is made sought to avoid the effect of the judgment in a collateral proceeding after denial of a direct appeal
core proceeding
: a proceeding (as one instituted by a debtor against a creditor) that is integral to the administration of a bankruptcy estate and so falls under the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court
non-core proceeding
: a proceeding involving a matter that relates to a bankruptcy case but that does not arise under bankruptcy laws, that could be adjudicated in a state court, and over which a bankruptcy court has limited authority
special proceeding
: a proceeding (as for condemnation or disbarment) that may be commenced independently of a pending action by petition or motion and from which a final order affecting a substantial right may be immediately appealed special proceedings created exclusively by statute where a special procedure is appropriate and warrantedSosebee v. County Line Sch. Dist., 897 S.W.2d 556 (1995)
summary proceeding
: a civil or criminal proceeding in the nature of a trial that is conducted without formalities (as indictment, pleadings, and usually a jury) for the speedy and peremptory disposition of a matter
supplementary proceeding
: a proceeding to discover the assets of a judgment debtor also : a proceeding that in some way supplements another
b : a hearing conducted by an administrative body
c : a criminal prosecution or investigation
2  plural : an official record of things done or said

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