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


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 months leading up to Monday's proceedings have been marked with disputes between defense lawyers and military prosecutors over the conditions of Gallagher’s pre-trial treatment. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s controversial war crimes trial to begin after months of disputes," 17 June 2019 Seven months passed before Loza, who is a Mexican citizen, was brought to face proceedings in the U.S. Montes said Loza was calm when he was placed at the back of a commercial jet with another inspector at his side. Michael Todd, The Mercury News, "16 years later, suspected Soquel killer returned to Santa Cruz," 8 June 2019 The bananas-crazy show returns to us on July 29, and promises to bring some fan faves and at least one very divisive character to the proceedings. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Will the 'Bachelor In Paradise' Cast Be? Here's Every Detail So Far," 6 June 2019 The cerebrally throbbing dance party continued under the moon, the stadium encircled by the silhouettes of towering pine trees against the night sky adding a touch of Northwest magic to the proceedings. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Review: Death Cab for Cutie, ODESZA’s Bellingham love fest starts summer early," 20 May 2019 Transcripts of the proceedings, under California law, would have become public May 31, and The Associated Press and other media outlets sought copies. Washington Post, "Judge says Nipsey Hussle documents will stay sealed for now," 6 June 2019 Child Link is seeking an administrative hearing, which is a closed-door proceeding, to contest the reimbursement demand. Christy Gutowski,, "DCFS says nonprofit misused taxpayer dollars, demands repayment of $100K," 5 June 2019 Transcripts of the proceedings, under California law, would have become public May 31, and The Associated Press and other media outlets sought copies. CBS News, "Nipsey Hussle documents will remain sealed, for now," 5 June 2019 With charges dropped, Smollett seemed to dodge what would have been emotionally grueling criminal proceedings, culminating in a trial with days of public testimony. Michael Tarm, The Seattle Times, "Upsides, downsides for Smollett, city in looming fines fight," 31 Mar. 2019

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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
: 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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to take the place or position of

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