Definition of procedure in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈsiːdʒə/


1An established or official way of doing something: the police are now reviewing procedures [mass noun]: parliamentary procedure
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  • Failure to observe established safety procedures was the reason Noev gave for the incident on Sunday.
  • Top Government officials said all procedures for adopting the budget had been followed properly.
  • The official procedures, it seems, often work against our better interests.
course of action, line of action, plan of action, policy, series of steps, plan, method, system, strategy, stratagem, way, approach, formula, mechanism, methodology, MO (modus operandi), SOP (standard operating procedure), technique, means, measure, process, proceeding, operation, agenda;
routine, drill, practice
1.1A series of actions conducted in a certain order or manner: the standard procedure for informing new employees about conditions of work
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  • The idea is to standardize procedures in order to avoid confusion and eliminate the many gray areas encountered in the past.
  • And so, we do communicate with the vessel and we follow a set series of procedures.
  • People who do well in the test are often also those who do well in exams - they're good at following a simple series of procedures.
1.2A surgical operation: the procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic
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  • Tracheostomy is one of the most frequent surgical procedures carried out in critically ill patients.
  • More complex surgical procedures should be carried out in hospital with full cardiac monitoring.
  • It is a surgical procedure requiring general anesthesia and the use of an operating room.
1.3 Computing another term for subroutine.
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  • In addition, input and output values of protected software procedures are monitored.
  • The choice is between manual procedures or a simple software solution.
  • It is evident that e-mail viruses have had the most profound effect on data backup procedures.


Late 16th century: from French procédure, from procéder (see proceed).

Words that rhyme with procedure

besieger, paraplegia

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