pro·ceed·ing | \prō-ˈsē-diŋ, 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


course, operation, procedure, process

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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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That makes three active dockets, or cases, that commissioners are considering for the company, not counting individual customer complaints that have their own proceedings. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Water taps dry, sewers overflow as Johnson Utilities owner faces bribery trial," 28 June 2018 The children are placed in shelters and other temporary housing for up to 20 days while their adult parents or other relatives are held in federal custody during their immigration proceedings. Gardiner Harris, New York Times, "In Human Trafficking Report, State Dept. Warns Against Separating Children From Parents," 28 June 2018 Now, having been processed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the parents will be allowed to remain in the U.S. while their immigration proceedings move forward. NBC News, "Here's how hard it is to find a migrant kid who has been separated from his mom," 25 June 2018 Ninety-five per cent of participants in a monitoring program run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement between 2011 and 2013 showed up for their proceedings. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Trump Administration’s Family Values," 22 June 2018 Under the measure, children and their parents would remain together during their legal proceedings. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ron Johnson pushes bill to keep families together at southern border," 20 June 2018 As part of her divorce proceedings, court documents showed that Bean Cobain earns more than $95,000 a month from her late father’s publicity rights. Stephanie Petit,, "Newly Divorced Frances Bean Cobain Puts Los Angeles Home on the Market for $2.7 Million," 19 June 2018 The change means that adults coming across the border with children will be separated as the parents await their criminal proceedings. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Rallies protesting immigrant family separations will take place across US," 14 June 2018 Each of those victims was loosely connected to his divorce proceedings, Scottsdale Assistant Chief of Police Richard Slavin said. Manuel Torres,, "Suspect in six Arizona shootings attacked victims tied to his divorce, police say," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of proceeding

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

proceedings : things that are said or done at a meeting, conference, ceremony, etc.

: an official record of the things said or done at a meeting, conference, etc.



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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