proceeding

noun
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

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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The composition, which included new music as well as pieces already in her repertoire, brought a slightly eerie touch to the proceedings. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Meet the Producer Behind New York Fashion Week’s Coolest Soundtrack," 13 Feb. 2019 But that wasn't to be enough, as the referee's whistle brought an end to proceedings, breaking Argentinian hearts and sending the French into a frenzy. SI.com, "Twitter Erupts as France Dump Lionel Messi & Argentina Out of 2018 World Cup," 30 June 2018 Under a directive issued last month, court administrators have the authority to assign a court reporter to certain criminal proceedings, including trials for homicide and rape. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Era comes to an end as state ends its use of court reporters," 27 June 2018 But Aces also adds a bit more depth to the series, introducing a new power meter system that adds a new layer of psychological brinksmanship to the proceedings. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mario Tennis Aces review: Turning tennis into a fighting game," 22 June 2018 Former Steelers star receiver Hines Ward, the Alliance’s head of football development, will be the host — and the biggest name in the proceedings. Barry Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Alliance “protect or pick” draft: All about the QBs," 27 Nov. 2018 The clothes themselves were witty complements to the proceedings: flirty, nautically inspired tweed suits and Capri pants that seemed designed for a stroll past the surf, perhaps drenched in saltwater, or jewels. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Chanel Sets Sail for New York City," 15 Nov. 2018 Those who pass the interview move on to immigration court proceedings where a judge makes the final decision. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New guidance for asylum officers could send thousands back from the border," 12 July 2018 Appearing in court Wednesday in a wheelchair and wearing orange inmate garb, Lopez listened closely to the proceedings but declined to speak on his own behalf. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Former Crystal City mayor gets 8 years in federal prison," 2 July 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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