proceed

verb
pro·​ceed | \ prō-ˈsēd How to pronounce proceed (audio) , prə- \
proceeded; proceeding; proceeds

Essential Meaning of proceed

1 : to continue to do something After the interruption, she proceeded with her presentation. "Before we proceed further, does anyone have any questions?" See More ExamplesWe will proceed according to plan. We may not be able to proceed as planned. How should we proceed? After inspecting the house, the couple decided to proceed [=go ahead] with the sale. When we've finished this part of the project, we can proceed [=go on] to the next step.Hide
2 : to continue being done The problems have been fixed and the work can now proceed. The work is proceeding [=going] well.
3 : to do something after you have done something else

Full Definition of proceed

intransitive verb

1 : to come forth from a source : issue strange sounds proceeded from the room
2a : to continue after a pause or interruption
b : to go on in an orderly regulated way
3a : to begin and carry on an action, process, or movement
b : to be in the process of being accomplished the work is proceeding well
4 : to move along a course : advance

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spring, arise, rise, originate, derive, flow, issue, emanate, proceed, stem mean to come up or out of something into existence. spring implies rapid or sudden emerging. an idea that springs to mind arise and rise may both convey the fact of coming into existence or notice but rise often stresses gradual growth or ascent. new questions have arisen slowly rose to prominence originate implies a definite source or starting point. the fire originated in the basement derive implies a prior existence in another form. the holiday derives from an ancient Roman feast flow adds to spring a suggestion of abundance or ease of inception. words flowed easily from her pen issue suggests emerging from confinement through an outlet. blood issued from the cut emanate applies to the coming of something immaterial (such as a thought) from a source. reports emanating from the capital proceed stresses place of origin, derivation, parentage, or logical cause. advice that proceeds from the best of intentions stem implies originating by dividing or branching off from something as an outgrowth or subordinate development. industries stemming from space research

Examples of proceed in a Sentence

Tenet's problem is that the intelligence and the war proceeded in lockstep: no intelligence, no war. — Thomas Powers, New York Review of Books, 19 July 2007 But we're both gasping, and proceed to play the ugliest, slowest game in history. — S. L. Price, Sports Illustrated, 31 Dec. 2007 That ash includes light particles that strong winds proceed to carry over much of the country … — Jared M. Diamond, Collapse, 2005 After the interruption, she proceeded with her presentation. “Before we proceed further, does anyone have any questions?” We will proceed according to plan. We may not be able to proceed as planned. The problems have been fixed and the work can now proceed. All passengers must proceed to the baggage claim area. The crowd proceeded toward the exits. The troops proceeded north along the river.
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Recent Examples on the Web If the case is allowed to proceed, Shea would be entitled to begin the discovery process of the litigation. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2021 But a proposal before lawmakers failed, leading Newsom to direct CalGEM to proceed with the timeline on its own. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2021 According to a notice from the commission provided by Parlor Pizza Bar, that complaint was dismissed after the man didn’t take steps required to proceed with a hearing or request an extension. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, 23 Nov. 2021 Now, prosecutors in Norway, France, the U.K. and Ukraine will assess the evidence collected and decide how to proceed. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2021 This means that Tardigrade can still make decisions about how to proceed within a victim network even if it gets cut off from the hackers who deployed it. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 22 Nov. 2021 Charter cities like Berea, however, are permitted to decide for themselves how to proceed. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 19 Nov. 2021 Their next home game is Nov. 24. Blashill and general manager Steve Yzerman will need to discuss how to proceed. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 17 Nov. 2021 As the committee continues to deliberate how to proceed on each of these top priority witnesses, Thompson admitted that the calendar presents a logistical challenge. Zachary Cohen, Annie Grayer And Ryan Nobles, CNN, 17 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of proceed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for proceed

Middle English proceden, from Anglo-French proceder, from Latin procedere, from pro- forward + cedere to go — more at pro-

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“Proceed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proceed. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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proceed

verb
pro·​ceed | \ prō-ˈsēd How to pronounce proceed (audio) \
proceeded; proceeding

Kids Definition of proceed

1 : to go forward or onward : advance The plane stopped in Chicago before proceeding to Boston.
2 : to begin and continue with an action or process … Grayson took the mound and proceeded to pitch …— Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee
3 : to go or act by an orderly method Did the meeting proceed according to plan?
4 : to come from a source Light proceeds from the sun.

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