pro·​ceed·​ing | \ prō-ˈsē-diŋ How to pronounce proceeding (audio) , prə- \

Definition of proceeding

1 : legal action a divorce proceeding
3 proceedings plural : events, happenings
5 proceedings plural : an official record of things said or done

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Ehmke was charged with damaging or destroying government property, obstruction of an official proceeding and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, "FBI arrests California man in siege of U.S. Capitol," 14 Jan. 2021 They were released last month and like the proceeding pairs sold out in less than a day. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Post Malone is donating 10,000 of his sold out Crocs to frontline workers," 14 Jan. 2021 In speaking with associates about the prospect of another impeachment, Mr. Trump was hit with the reality that few people from his defense team in last year’s Senate trial would be part of any new proceeding. New York Times, "House Moves to Force Trump Out, Vowing Impeachment if Pence Won’t Act," 10 Jan. 2021 In a year in which Covid-19 caused more than 1.7 million deaths worldwide, sports competitions took place amid much debate over their necessity and the wisdom of their proceeding during a global health crisis. New York Times, "When Sports Made Us Happy in 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Amanda Frank, 39, of Wooster, Ohio, near Akron, became homeless in November when a judge ruled against her in an eviction proceeding. NBC News, "The CDC banned evictions for those affected by Covid. Why are tenants being thrown out on the street?," 17 Dec. 2020 The landlord won an eviction proceeding, but that decision was put on hold because of the moratorium. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Northern Ohio landlords sue CDC over coronavirus eviction moratorium, claiming agency overreached," 23 Oct. 2020 The officers involved in Williams' arrest, Benjamin Vasquez and Patrick Campbell, were not involved in Friday's proceeding. Ken Ritter, Star Tribune, "Videos: Man who died in handcuffs said he couldn't breathe," 2 Oct. 2020 Hall's committee received international attention after Giuliani essentially commandeered a proceeding, questioning his own witnesses for hours while lawmakers largely watched. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Benson refuses to testify at House hearing, says committee 'wounding our democracy'," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of proceeding

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jan 2021

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“Proceeding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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
: 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.



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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