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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Attorneys for the defendants have filed motions alleging improper grand jury proceedings in the Schlitterbahn case, but the motions are filed under seal and were not discussed publicly on Thursday. Steve Vockrodt And Lauren Fox, kansascity, "Schlitterbahn to tear down Verruckt water slide in KCK where young boy died in 2016," 12 July 2018 In addition, on July 3, 2017, a LeSean McCoy of a specific street address on Hickory Pass in Alpharetta, Ga. filed a proceeding in the Magistrate Court of Fulton County against Delicia Cordon of the same address. Michael Mccann,, "Potential Legal Ramifications of the Disturbing Accusations Against LeSean McCoy," 11 July 2018 Sharif had denounced the court proceedings against him as politically motivated and a judicial witch-hunt, often suggesting the hidden hand of the military was to blame. NBC News, "Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison for corruption," 6 July 2018 The claims were made during the couple's divorce proceedings in the early 1990s., "Trump, Who's Been Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 19 Women, Mocks Rape Survivors At Rally," 6 July 2018 The shine from Mexico’s opening-game victory over Germany was dulled Monday when the Associated Press reported FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the team because its fans used an anti-gay slur during the game. Kevin Baxter,, "FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Mexico over anti-gay chant," 18 June 2018 The children have been placed by protective services and Dais has been assigned an attorney for proceedings in Milwaukee County Children's Court related to placement. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Cudahy woman charged with promoting ISIS and suggesting attacks on festivals, churches held without bail," 15 June 2018 Over six decades writing about the most notable criminal proceedings in Britain (the best of these essays are collected in Classic Crimes), Roughead did not need to juice his style with the seeds of anger. Sarah Weinman, The New Republic, "Arthur Conan Doyle, True Detective," 14 June 2018 Presidents definitely can’t use the pardon power to impede impeachment proceedings against themselves or any other officials. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Trump can pardon whomever he wants," 31 May 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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