[ pruh-see-jer ]
/ prəˈsi dʒər /
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an act or a manner of proceeding in any action or process; conduct.
a particular course or mode of action.
any given mode of conducting legal, parliamentary, or other business, especially litigation and judicial proceedings.
  1. the sequence of actions or instructions to be followed in solving a problem or accomplishing a task.
  2. Also called subprogram . a group of statements that may be used at one or more points in a computer program.
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Origin of procedure

From the French word procédure, dating back to 1605–15. See proceed, -ure
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What are other ways to say procedure?

A procedure is a particular course or mode of action. When should you use this noun over process or proceeding? Find out on Thesaurus.com


What does procedure mean?

A procedure is a particular way of doing something, especially one that is usually repeated in the same way each time.

This is how the word is used in the phrases standard procedure and follow procedure, as in It’s important to follow procedure in the event of an emergency.

The word procedure can also refer to a particular course of action, as in The instructions list all the steps of the procedure. This is especially used in professional and technical contexts.

In a legal context, the word refers to the specific way that proceedings need to be carried out according to the rules.

In a medical context, procedure is used as a synonym for operation, as in I’m having a minor procedure done tomorrow.

In computers and programming, a procedure is a series or instructions followed in order to complete some task, often as part of a program.

Example: This is not proper procedure! Who’s in charge here?

Where does procedure come from?

The first records of the word procedure come from the early 1600s. It comes from the French term procédure, which has the same meaning. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb prōcēdere, which means “to advance” and is also the basis of the verb proceed.

A procedure is a way of proceeding—a way of taking action or completing a task. The word often implies that there is a specific plan or set of rules that need to be followed in certain situations. This is especially implied in phrases like standard procedure or proper procedure.

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What are some other forms related to procedure

  • procedural (adjective, noun)
  • procedurally (adverb)

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How is procedure used in real life?

The word procedure often implies that there is a very specific plan or set of rules to follow. For that reason, it’s often used in serious contexts. It’s also commonly used as another way of referring to a medical operation.


Try using procedure!

Which of the following actions is not a way of following procedure

A. sticking to the plan
B. following the instructions
C. winging it
D. taking the required steps

How to use procedure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for procedure

/ (prəˈsiːdʒə) /

a way of acting or progressing in a course of action, esp an established method
the established mode or form of conducting the business of a legislature, the enforcement of a legal right, etc
computing another name for subroutine

Derived forms of procedure

procedural, adjectiveprocedurally, adverb
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