process

noun
pro·​cess | \ ˈprä-ˌses How to pronounce process (audio) , ˈprō-, -səs How to pronounce process (audio) \
plural processes\ ˈprä-​ˌse-​səz How to pronounce processes (audio) , ˈprō-​ , -​sə-​ , -​ˌsēz How to pronounce processes (audio) \

Definition of process

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : progress, advance in the process of time
b : something going on : proceeding
2a(1) : a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result the process of growth
(2) : a continuing natural or biological activity or function such life processes as breathing
b : a series of actions or operations conducing to an end especially : a continuous operation or treatment especially in manufacture
3a : the whole course of proceedings in a legal action
b : the summons, mandate, or writ used by a court to compel the appearance of the defendant in a legal action or compliance with its orders
4 : a prominent or projecting part of an organism or organic structure a bone process a nerve cell process

process

verb (1)
processed; processing; processes

Definition of process (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to proceed against by law : prosecute
b(1) : to take out a summons against
(2) : to serve a summons on
2a : to subject to a special process or treatment (as in the course of manufacture or film development)
b(1) : to subject to or handle through an established usually routine set of procedures process insurance claims
(2) : to integrate sensory information received so that an action or response is generated the brain processes visual images relayed from the retina
(3) : to subject to examination or analysis computers process data
c : to work (hair) into a conk

process

adjective

Definition of process (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : treated or made by a special process especially when involving synthesis or artificial modification
2 : made by or used in a mechanical or photomechanical duplicating process
3 : of or involving illusory effects usually introduced during processing of the film

process

verb (2)
pro·​cess | \ prə-ˈses How to pronounce process (audio) \
processed; processing; processes

Definition of process (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

chiefly British
: to move in a procession

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Synonyms for process

Synonyms: Noun

course, operation, procedure, proceeding

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Examples of process in a Sentence

Noun

How does the election process work? Learning a foreign language can be a long process. We're remodeling our house. The whole process is expected to take a few months. Breathing and the circulation of blood are life processes. a bony process on the foot
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The main points of consideration for a copper IUD are the price, insertion process, and side effects. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Here's How Emergency Contraception Actually Works," 1 Apr. 2019 The fact that the secondary bubble-producing fermentation occurs in a vat instead of individual bottles makes the process, and thus the resulting wine, less expensive; making prosecco a winner for mixing mimosas, but less nuanced to sip solo. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Prosecco Isn't the Champagne of Italy, Franciacorta Is," 15 Mar. 2019 More resources for pets will be available throughout the flying process, which means things will, in many ways, get easier for travelers with pets. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Flying With Pets Will Change in 2019," 14 Dec. 2018 Adding pigment back in is also an hours-long process. Glamour, "7 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Going From Blond to Brunette," 30 Mar. 2019 The client puts down 50 percent of the payment, then Jacobs's team sets about ordering products from the list (a process that is usually collaborative with the client). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Professional Organizer," 29 Mar. 2019 The lack of a formal process of getting an idea out of a small team and into production could be one reason that average enterprise investment in emerging technology has remained relatively stagnant over the past decade. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "State Street CIO Sparks Culture Change Around Problem-Solving," 28 Mar. 2019 Environmentalists decry the method as overly risky, and regulatory permitting for these projects is a bruising process. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 Building connection long-distance is a complex process, starting with trying to circumvent the Great Firewall of China, a safety net barring danger and dissent, but also possibility and perspective. Shao Xinning, Seventeen, "This Teen Created Her Own Pen Pal Service in Order to Connect Girls Across China," 18 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since most commercially available vinegars are highly processed, good bacteria is hard to come by. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, According to a Nutritionist," 21 Nov. 2018 These adults are processed through the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, a division of Homeland Security. Alex Leary And Steve Bousquet, miamiherald, "Who's holding immigrants in Florida? Private vendors, feds and county sheriffs, too.," 29 June 2018 One lawmaker with Moon’s Democratic Party, Park Ju-min, introduced legislation to protect the asylum seekers for at least a year while their applications are processed. Fortune, "‘Fake Refugees Get Out.’ How South Koreans Are Channeling Trump," 28 June 2018 The goal is to find family members in the United States who can shelter and care for the children while their immigration cases are processed. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Here's what you can do to help immigrant children separated from their families in Maryland," 21 June 2018 And flaring gas on the spot means drillers miss out on more valuable products that come out of the ground with it, such as ethane, propane and butane, which are often processed out later. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "In Booming Oil Field, Natural Gas Can Be Free," 27 Dec. 2018 The picture will become much clearer as more filings are processed, refunds are issued and the IRS gets back up to full speed. Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Seattle Times, "I owe how much? Americans shocked by impact of new tax law," 20 Feb. 2019 Like tens of thousands of others who escape Central America and Mexico each year to pursue a better life in the United States, Natalia was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while her asylum case was being processed. Elaine Murphy, Teen Vogue, "What Really Happens Inside American Immigration Facilities and Detention Centers," 14 Jan. 2019 People who had been charged reported that their requests for refunds were being processed and were expected to be completed in the next 30 days. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "iOS apps used Touch ID feature to trick users into paying hefty fees," 3 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Google Assistant, for example, can already now process multiple requests at once. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "5G to AR: Here are 7 technologies to watch in 2018," 2 Jan. 2018 People process things differently and at different rates. Richard Asa, chicagotribune.com, "When your ex finds someone new," 31 Aug. 2017 Around 80% of people process language on the left, or the analytical, side of the brain, Dr. Pantelyat says, and everyone processes music on both sides of the brain. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "Does Listening to Music Improve Your Focus?," 26 July 2017 Process garlic and shallots until finely chopped, then stir into tomato mixture. Jill Wendholt Silva, kansascity, "Five easy (and, shhh, healthy) recipes for the Fourth," 3 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Or others could have been given the opportunity to provide a face to human suffering in America’s health care system, other than Elizabeth Holmes’s: Not one person who had their blood work fraudulently processed by Theranos appears in The Inventor. Bridget Read, Vogue, "The Inventor Misses Elizabeth Holmes’s—And Silicon Valley’s—Most Insidious Crimes," 19 Mar. 2019 There is weaker evidence that your diet—including processed food, caffeine, and alcohol intake—as well as the use of NSAIDs may increase the permeability of the membrane, Dr. Singh says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Leaky Gut Syndrome Isn’t an Official Diagnosis, but the Symptoms Are Real," 19 Mar. 2019 That's clearly a limitation of E Ink's ability to process pen input because the same delay doesn't happen when you active touch mode. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Yoga Book 2018 review: The keyless keyboard returns, now in E Ink," 2 Nov. 2018 This could mean blocking the site’s ability to process payments in the UK or geoblocking their social media presence on sites like Twitter and Facebook. James Vincent, The Verge, "UK porn law’s latest guidelines fail to answer critics," 18 Oct. 2018 Suggested serving: While the body has the ability to process up to 30 grams of protein every few hours, Dr. Bowe suggests tossing one tablespoon of a collagen powder into a smoothie, coffee, or soup. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "5 Anti-Aging Supplements That May Actually Work," 16 Oct. 2018 In contrast, GrubHub charges up to 18 percent of the order to process online sales for its clients. Matthew Sedacca, New York Times, "With the Slice App, Local Pizzerias Get a Bigger Piece of the Market," 23 June 2018 The elections department has been ramping up the number of ballots processed each day, but there are still tens of thousands to count, leaving the race still far too close to call. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF mayor’s race: Mark Leno retains slight lead over London Breed — 134 votes," 8 June 2018 The more expensive groups are more highly processed, in some cases with methods that produce a lubricant that can be classified as a synthetic. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Pick the Right Motor Oil for Your Car," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of process

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for process

Noun

Middle English proces, from Anglo-French procés, from Latin processus, from procedere

Verb (2)

back-formation from procession entry 1

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The first known use of process was in the 14th century

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process

noun

English Language Learners Definition of process

: a series of actions that produce something or that lead to a particular result
: a series of changes that happen naturally
medical : something that sticks out of something else

process

noun
pro·​cess | \ ˈprä-ˌses How to pronounce process (audio) , ˈprō-\

Kids Definition of process

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a series of actions, motions, or operations leading to some result the manufacturing process
2 : a series of changes that occur naturally the growth process

process

verb
processed; processing

Kids Definition of process (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to change by a special treatment The fruit is picked and processed for shipment.
2 : to take care of according to a routine His job is to process insurance claims.
3 : to take in and organize for use Computers process data.

process

noun
pro·​cess | \ ˈpräs-ˌes How to pronounce process (audio) , ˈprōs- How to pronounce process (audio) , -əs\

Medical Definition of process

1a : a natural progressively continuing operation or development marked by a series of gradual changes that succeed one another in a relatively fixed way and lead toward a particular result or end the process of growth the process of digestion
b : a natural continuing activity or function such life processes as breathing and the circulation of the blood
2 : a prominent or projecting part of an organism or organic structure a bone process a nerve cell process

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process

noun
pro·​cess | \ ˈprä-ˌses, ˈprō- How to pronounce process (audio) \

Legal Definition of process

1 : a continuous operation, art, or method especially in manufacture whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process…may obtain a patent thereforU.S. Code
b : a means (as a summons) used to compel a defendant to appear in court broadly : a means by which a court acquires or exercises jurisdiction over a person or property — see also mesne process — compare notice, service

Note: In civil procedure, service of a summons on a defendant is considered constitutionally sufficient process, although usually a copy of the complaint must also be provided according to the local rule of procedure.

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