proceed

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

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 Welch's ruling left Corbitt with two options: proceed to trial before Welch, or appeal to the higher court. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, 15 Sep. 2021 But there are reasons to proceed with caution—and to look to the core curriculum itself for causes of emotional harm. Natalie Wexler, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Two hours before the start of home games, the team will unload from buses on Heisman Drive between Beard Eaves Court and S. Donahue Dr. and then proceed to the stadium, where players will enter through the Harbert Recruiting Center. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 10 Sep. 2021 Mindy is expected to move across southeastern Georgia early Thursday then proceed out over the Atlantic Ocean. Victoria Ballard, sun-sentinel.com, 9 Sep. 2021 The Never Forget 9/11 ceremony will be held at Brook Park Veterans Memorial, where bikers will gather from 8:30 to 10 a.m., then proceed to Edgewater Park to view the Flags For Honor display. cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 According to an earlier review by the Biden administration, the Trump rule allowed more than 300 projects to proceed without the federal permits required under the Obama-era rule. Suman Naishadham And Michael Phillis, The Arizona Republic, 1 Sep. 2021 How can anyone think that this can proceed without consulting me and deal with my personal life in this, and my issues in this, without any meaningful contact with me before the project is announced to the world. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 31 Aug. 2021 China's subsequent rebuff left the WHO to proceed without them. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 25 Aug. 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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The first known use of proceed was in the 14th century

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“Proceed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proceed. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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proceed

verb

English Language Learners Definition of proceed

: to continue to do something
: to continue being done
: to do something after you have done something else

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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