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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Steyer in town: Tom Steyer, a billionaire Democratic presidential candidate who wants impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, was in Cleveland on Thursday and talked to cleveland.com’s Benjamin Peters. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "DeWine vetoes health care price ‘transparency’ items in budget: Capitol Letter," 19 July 2019 The first reason is easy for a conservative to state — Biden is correct in his critique of Medicare for All, and Pelosi is correct to oppose impeachment proceedings against President Trump. David French, National Review, "In the Democratic Civil War, Root for Pelosi and Biden," 17 July 2019 The Democratic Party has been at odds over opening impeachment proceedings against the president. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Democrat Al Green Filed Impeachment Articles Against Trump—What Happens Now?," 17 July 2019 Broward Commissioner Michael Udine said he was informed the port plans to begin termination proceedings against McGahee. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Port Everglades employees face federal charges in fraud investigation," 17 July 2019 The attacks may have been meant to widen the divides within the Democrat caucus, which has been riven by internal debate over how far left to go in countering Trump and over whether to proceed with impeachment proceedings against the president. Jonathan Lemire, chicagotribune.com, "Trump tells Democratic congresswomen of color to ‘go back’ to countries they came from in tweets denounced as racist," 15 July 2019 Despite her opposition, 85 Democrats want to start impeachment proceedings against Trump, which is more than one-third of all of House Democrats. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Pelosi is forcing House Republicans to go on the record on Trump’s ‘go back’ tweets," 15 July 2019 The attacks may have been meant to widen the divides within the Democrat caucus, which has been riven by internal debate over how far left to go in countering Trump and over whether to proceed with impeachment proceedings against the president. Jill Colvin, The Denver Post, "Trump digs in amid backlash from racist tweets about congresswomen of color," 15 July 2019 Pelosi could launch impeachment proceedings against Acosta. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Nancy Pelosi Has Power—She Just Doesn’t Want to Use It," 11 July 2019

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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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