Definition of proceed in English:


Syllabification: pro·ceed
Pronunciation: /prəˈsēd, prō-


[no object]
  • 1Begin or continue a course of action: we can proceed with our investigation
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    • She also said that the ambitions of hundreds of school leavers had been thrown into disarray by the Government's decision not to proceed with the courses in September.
    • We were able to, of course, proceed with our work by the end of the day.
    • Why would we want to proceed with a course of action that is unjust, unwise and completely unnecessary?
    begin, make a start, get going, move, set something in motion; take action, act, go on, go ahead, make progress, make headwaygo ahead, carry on, go on, continue, keep on, get on, get ahead; (proceed with) pursue, prosecute
  • 1.1Move forward, especially after reaching a certain point: the ship could proceed to Milwaukee
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    • Fans of classic film move forward: Others should proceed cautiously.
    • She had no inkling of how to proceed, but quickly moved forward and sat down by the fire.
    • If you do, the bike proceeds forward: if you don't, it stops, you fall off, and you may hurt yourself.
    go, make one's way, advance, move, progress, carry on, press on, push on
  • 1.2 [with infinitive] Do something as a natural or seemingly inevitable next step: opposite the front door was a staircase, which I proceeded to climb
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    • She bundled up my bedding and proceeded to toss it down the staircase.
    • Then Yaakov proceeds to name the area where this event took place.
    • Kim moved forward and proceeded to do the same thing on her other cheek.
  • 1.3 Law Start a lawsuit against someone: he may still be able to proceed against the contractor under the common law negligence rules
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    • Meanwhile, the lawsuit will proceed against the state and other individual counties with the trial set for Aug.26.
    • This high-stakes lawsuit is now proceeding in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, before Judge John Bates.
    • Do you say you can proceed against Aboriginal native title claimants for trespass if they happen to wander across any part of your tenement?
    take someone to court, start/take proceedings against, start an action against, make a case against, sue
  • 1.4(Of an action) be started: negotiations must proceed without delay
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    • If these provided a satisfactory outcome, open and official negotiations could then proceed involving elected representatives.
    • The legitimate search for assertive and disruptive methods can and should proceed, but this must not be confused with vandalism and violence.
    • If this legislation is to proceed it must be enacted before the new fishing season, 1 October 2004.
  • 1.5(Of an action) be carried on or continued: as the excavation proceeds, the visible layers can be recorded and studied
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    • I know the joint work between the Polish command and the Bulgarian contingent has been proceeding very well.
    • But he denied reports on Chad's latest threat, saying bilateral co-operation continued to proceed.
    • There will be further opportunities to view the house as dismantling continues and reconstruction proceeds at the new site.
  • 1.6Originate from: his claim that all power proceeded from God
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    • But, to Toulmin, this act of homage proceeded from a delusion.
    • All proceeded from a premise that equated modernization with Westernization.
    • That other machine may, in like manner, have proceeded from a former machine: nor does that alter the case; the contrivance must have had a contriver.
    originate, spring, stem, come, derive, arise, issue, flow, emanate


late Middle English: from Old French proceder, from Latin procedere, from pro- 'forward' + cedere 'go'.

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