Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To go forward or onward, especially after an interruption; continue: proceeded to his destination; paused to clear her throat, then proceeded.
  • intransitive v. To begin to carry on an action or a process: looked surprised, then proceeded to roar with laughter.
  • intransitive v. To move on in an orderly manner: Business proceeded as usual.
  • intransitive v. To come from a source; originate or issue: behavior proceeding from hidden motives. See Synonyms at stem1.
  • intransitive v. Law To institute and conduct legal action: proceeded against the defaulting debtor.
  • n.pl. The amount of money derived from a commercial or fundraising venture; the yield.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun.
  • v. To pass from one point, topic, or stage, to another.
  • v. To issue or come forth as from a source or origin; to come from.
  • v. To go on in an orderly or regulated manner; to begin and carry on a series of acts or measures; to act by method; to prosecute a design.
  • v. To be transacted; to take place; to occur.
  • v. To have application or effect; to operate.
  • v. To begin and carry on a legal process.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun.
  • intransitive v. To pass from one point, topic, or stage, to another.
  • intransitive v. To issue or come forth as from a source or origin; to come from.
  • intransitive v. To go on in an orderly or regulated manner; to begin and carry on a series of acts or measures; to act by method; to prosecute a design.
  • intransitive v. To be transacted; to take place; to occur.
  • intransitive v. To have application or effect; to operate.
  • intransitive v. To begin and carry on a legal process.
  • n. See proceeds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move, pass, or go forward or onward; continue or renew motion or progress; advance; go on, literally or figuratively: as, to proceed on one's journey; the vessel touched at Queenstown, and then proceeded on her voyage
  • To issue or come, as from an origin, source, or fountain; go forth: with from.
  • To carry on some series of actions; set one's self at work and go on in a certain way and for some particular purpose; act according to some method.
  • To be transacted or carried on; be done; pass; go on.
  • To begin and carry on a legal action; take any step in the course of procedure: as, to proceed against an offender.
  • To come into effect or action.
  • To take an academic degree: now used only in the universities of Great Britain and Ireland. “To proceed master” is an abbreviated form of “to proceed to the degree of master.”
  • Synonyms To arise, emanate, flow, accrue, result, be derived.
  • n. The amount proceeding or accruing from some possession or transaction; especially, the sum derived from the sale of goods: now used only in the plural: as, the consignee was directed to sell the goods for-warded and invest the proceeds in coffee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. follow a certain course
  • v. continue a certain state, condition, or activity
  • v. continue talking
  • v. follow a procedure or take a course
  • v. move ahead; travel onward in time or space

Etymologies

Middle English proceden, from Old French proceder, from Latin prōcēdere : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French proceder, from Latin procedere ("to go forth, go forward, advance, come forth, issue, go on, result, proceed"), from pro ("forth") + cedere ("to go"); see cede. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • No doubt the right way to proceed is to think of circumstances in which the two models give widely different predictions and to look around for real-life situations that offer the opportunity to discriminate between them.

    Robert Solow on Model-Building, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • One way to proceed is to engage in an intergenerational dialogue with other teachers, a space for problem posing and problem solving, historical and theoretical considerations, storytelling and critical reflection.

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  • People like you have dug such a deep hole for us, that the only way for Obama to proceed is to put the Orion on a Delta IV Heavy, or cancel it altogether.

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  • "Given this, the only way for us to proceed is to make a public proposal directly to you and your board," the letter stated.

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  • This being the case perhaps the best way to proceed is to try to guess equations, and disregard physical models or descriptions.

    Richard P. Feynman - Nobel Lecture

  • In order to do that we believe the right way to proceed is to try and secure such organization of producers, both in the secondary industries and in the primary industries as will be able to talk to those in other parts of the Empire and agree to a line of development that will not unduly conflict with what is taking place in the other Dominions; to be able to interchange as many products as we can and be sure the ultimate conflict that may take place when we become fully productive, be as long deferred as it possibly can.

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  • Whereas basic forces of nature can generate complex designs whose causal genesis can be traced in steps from simpler beginnings to evolving complexity, intelligently designed objects proceed from a blueprint existing first in a mind.

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  • Therefore you should always imagine, when you read the words of the chorus, that the words are spoken by persons of your own stature; while the words spoken by the protagonists proceed from the mouths of giants ... posted by Jonathan at

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  • That's what the vote on the motion to proceed is all about.

    Nelson to support motion to proceed

  • Each of these specific disorders requires the opposite proceed from the solicitor as great as the small of them have been many successfully strike by the mixed of counselling, recovering intervention as great as alternative measures.

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