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[ verb pruh-seed; noun proh-seed ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to move or go forward or onward, especially after stopping.

    Synonyms: continue, progress

    Antonyms: recede

  2. to carry on or continue any action or process.
  3. to go on to do something.
  4. to continue one's discourse.
  5. Law.
    1. to begin and carry on a legal action.
    2. to take legal action (usually followed by against ).
  6. to be carried on, as an action or process.
  7. to go or come forth; issue (often followed by from ).

    Synonyms: emanate

  8. to arise, originate, or result (usually followed by from ).

    Synonyms: ensue, spring


  1. proceeds,
    1. something that results or accrues.
    2. the total amount derived from a sale or other transaction:

      The proceeds from the deal were divided equally among us.

    3. the profits or returns from a sale, investment, etc.
  2. Archaic. proceeds.


/ prəˈsiːd /


  1. often foll by to to advance or carry on, esp after stopping
  2. often foll by with to undertake and continue (something or to do something)

    he proceeded with his reading

  3. often foll by against to institute or carry on a legal action
  4. to emerge or originate; arise

    evil proceeds from the heart

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Derived Forms

  • proˈceeder, noun

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Other Words From

  • pro·ceed·er noun
  • re·pro·ceed verb (used without object)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of proceed1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English procede, from Latin prōcēdere; pro- 1, cede

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Word History and Origins

Origin of proceed1

C14: from Latin prōcēdere to advance, from pro- 1+ cēdere to go

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Synonym Study

See advance.

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Example Sentences

He said the proceeds of the sale would benefit the foundation’s philanthropic efforts in the region.

Since then, Ford has given away tens of millions of masks and is now turning proceeds from its health-care products toward manufacturing the clear respirators and air filtration kits, Baumbick said.

You don’t make money inside of a community and not use some of the proceeds to give back to those in need.

From Ozy

EVgo has raised about $575 million in proceeds through the business combination, including a $400 million in private investment in public equity, or PIPE.

Some 30% to 40% of those proceeds, says CEO Arik Shtilman, will go toward mergers and acquisitions.

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What does Bondi mean that clerks now should “determine how to proceed”?

It was done after we had received a binding legal opinion from Justice and approval from the White House to proceed.

So any discussions have to proceed with all three nations on board.

But there is broad agreement between Washington and Ankara as to how the fight against ISIS should proceed, he said.

They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.

That the inconstancy of such notices, in cases equally important, proves they did not proceed from any such agent.

Still, monsieur, I am willing to proceed upon the lines which would appear to be more agreeable to yourself.

With the announcement of the thirty-six directors, it was possible to proceed to the active opening of the institutions.

We now proceed to learn the eighteen kings intermediate between William II.

They will proceed, at once, to their offices and lodge their names and serve under their present chiefs.