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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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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In 2013, the German antitrust regulator opened administrative proceedings against Amazon over business terms that limited third-party dealers from listing their wares on competing marketplaces—including their own retail sites—at lower prices. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Germany Opens Amazon Antitrust Probe, Adding to European Scrutiny," 29 Nov. 2018 The person who initiates legal proceedings often called the petitioner in family law. Prenuptial agreement. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Your Divorce Glossary: A-to-Z Terms You Need to Know," 26 Nov. 2018 Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said that Mueller’s conclusions will affect whether the party pursues impeachment proceedings against Trump. Matt Zapotosky, The Seattle Times, "With the midterms over, special counsel Mueller faces key decisions in Russia investigation," 7 Nov. 2018 Ultimately, 13 players were ejected from the game, and CNN reports that the basketball governing body FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings against both sides. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Basketball Game Devolves Into a Massive On-Court Brawl," 2 July 2018 Criminal proceedings are open against former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter and Jerome Valcke, German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer and Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Graham Dunbar, The Seattle Times, "Swiss attorney general defends his FIFA investigation," 21 Nov. 2018 People pulled together, as the London String Group accompanied the proceedings, and resounding whoops were heard from the drama students in the balconies. Vogue, "Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Sophie Okonedo, Ralph Fiennes, and the Cast of Hamilton Fete the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 As today's proceedings went on, that low hum of condescension grew louder and louder. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "During Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony, Contempt for Women Was on Full Display," 27 Sep. 2018 Anita Hill’s shadow hangs over these proceedings today. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Do Women Have to Do to Be Believed?," 20 Sep. 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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