process

noun
pro·​cess | \ ˈprä-ˌses, ˈprō-, -səs \
plural processes\ ˈprä-​ˌse-​səz , ˈprō-​, -​sə-​, -​ˌsēz \

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 \
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

Repeat the process on your bottom lashes and on the other eye. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "How to Apply Magnetic Lashes," 8 Jan. 2019 That is what has drawn me to the political and the public service process. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "2019's Barrier-Breaking Politicians Get to Work," 3 Jan. 2019 The march was to demand U.S. authorities accelerate the asylum process at official border crossings. Daniel Ochoa De Olza, The Seattle Times, "Border clash marks 2nd use of tear gas in just over a month," 2 Jan. 2019 But Priestley invented an artificial carbonation process while living next to a brewery in Leeds. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to champagne’s universal appeal is the physics of bubbles," 31 Dec. 2018 TrashMe is designed to make that process seamless and thorough. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The first 11 apps to install on your new Mac," 27 Dec. 2018 The partners start an in-depth outlining process together in-person, then individually write alternating chapters and upload their drafts in Dropbox to make sure their storylines align. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Christina Lauren's 'My Favorite Half-Night Stand' Explores the Wild, Confusing Online Dating World," 24 Dec. 2018 Now that process will be extended to all Windows devices running Windows 10 Home. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's latest Windows 10 build kills passwords, simplifies Start, and adds fun 'kaomoji'," 19 Dec. 2018 Under a contract approved last month, the city agreed to retain the use of arbitrators, with modifications to the way they are selected and to streamline the process. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Defending police reforms, Seattle tells federal judge that reinstatement of officer who punched woman is an ‘outlier’," 19 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since at least December, asylum seekers have often had to wait weeks for the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego to have room to process them. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Illegal border crossings decrease for the first time in 2018," 6 July 2018 Oak View Elementary and Oak View Preschool are across the street from the station, which is used to process trash collected from homes and businesses. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "Demolition clears way for new multipurpose room at H.B.'s Oak View Elementary School," 5 July 2018 Last year recycling companies, which separate the paper, metals and plastic, then send them to processing plants, earned between $95 and $100 per ton. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018 The city used the old Orange Bowl to process thousands of refugees and later to house hundreds who'd been left homeless. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Ex-Miami commissioner Armando Lacasa represented exiles, was political commentator," 27 June 2018 Immigration officials arrested more than 100 workers during a raid at a meat-processing plant in rural Ohio on Tuesday. Washington Post, "More than 100 arrested in ICE raid," 21 June 2018 Whatever the future consequences, those seeking a new life in Europe have seen the darkest side of humanity and are now left in limbo with no way to process it. Robin Hammond, National Geographic, "After Fleeing War, Refugee Children Face Lasting Psychological Trauma," 20 June 2018 Previously, scientists used another supercomputer to process seismic data from 1,500 earthquakes. NBC News, "5 ways the world's fastest supercomputer could change the world," 18 June 2018 Provisional ballots are given to people who want to cast ballots but don’t appear on official voter registration lists, requiring an extra level of scrutiny when the time comes to process them. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "London Breed adds to her narrow lead over Mark Leno in San Francisco mayoral race," 10 June 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

Probiotics are meant to encourage diversity in the microbiota populating the intestine, which helps to process the nutrients in food. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "What’s the Best Way to Cleanse? A Guide to Detoxing in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Your head will be spinning from all the gossip, so be sure to carve out time to process all the stimuli. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Virgo Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 The plan, outlined in a filing Friday afternoon in San Diego federal court, aims to process about 200 children age 5 and older per day, with a rollout this weekend. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trump administration outlines plan to reunify remaining 2,500 separated children," 14 July 2018 In the case of slime molds, their cytoskeleton may form smart, complex networks able to process sensory information. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018 Nor does the ability to process payments in Vietnam smooth transactions in Brazil or in Nigeria, with their vastly different banking and regulatory systems. The Economist, "Chinese and US tech giants go at it in emerging markets," 5 July 2018 Health conditions: For example, genetic enzyme deficiencies may affect the body's ability to process alcohol. Kathleen Purvis And Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "Here's what you need to know about drunk driving in the Carolinas," 29 June 2018 The most important ingredient was Bennington’s wail and whisper, a volatile fuel to be processed by the others. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 And when Donnie encounters a setback that makes him hesitant to return to the ring, the movie enters a surprisingly powerful stretch that just lets Jordan work through his emotions, trying to process the traumatic things that have happened to him. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Creed II is no Creed. But it’s a pretty good Rocky sequel.," 21 Nov. 2018

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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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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, 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, ˈprōs-, -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- \

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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