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process

noun pro·cess \ ˈprä-ˌses , ˈprō- , -səs \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of process

plural processes play \ˈprä-ˌse-səz, ˈprō-, -sə-, -ˌsēz\
1 a : progress, advance
  • in the process of time
b : something going on : proceeding
2 a (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
3 a : 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
5 : 6conk

Examples of process in a Sentence

  1. How does the election process work?

  2. Learning a foreign language can be a long process.

  3. We're remodeling our house. The whole process is expected to take a few months.

  4. Breathing and the circulation of blood are life processes.

  5. a bony process on the foot

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Origin and Etymology of process

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


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process

verb

Definition of process

transitive verb
1 a : to proceed against by law : prosecute
b (1) : to take out a summons against
(2) : to serve a summons on
2 a : 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

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First Known Use of process

15th century


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process

adjective

Definition of process

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

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First Known Use of process

1888


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process

verb pro·cess \ prə-ˈses \

Definition of process

intransitive verb
chiefly British
: to move in a procession

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Origin and Etymology of process

back-formation from 1procession



PROCESS Defined for English Language Learners

process

noun

Definition of process for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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process

noun pro·cess \ ˈprä-ˌses , ˈprō- \

Definition of process for Students

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

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process

verb

Definition of process for Students

processed; processing
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.

Medical Dictionary

process

noun pro·cess \ ˈpräs-ˌes , ˈprōs- , -əs \

medical Definition of process

1 a : 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

Law Dictionary

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 therefor
  • U.S. Code
2 a : procedure 1 — see also abuse of process, due process
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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