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[verb pruh-seed; noun proh-seed]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to move or go forward or onward, especially after stopping.
  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).
  8. to arise, originate, or result (usually followed by from).
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  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.
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Origin of proceed

1350–1400; Middle English procede < Latin prōcēdere. See pro-1, cede
Related formspro·ceed·er, nounre·pro·ceed, verb (used without object)
Can be confusedprecede proceed

Synonyms for proceed

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1. progress, continue, pass on. 7. emanate. 8. spring, ensue.

Synonym study

1. See advance.

Antonyms for proceed

1. recede.
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Related Words for proceed

advance, get, travel, continue, pass, progress, follow, come, extend, fare, repair, march, wend, journey, hie, head, derive, spring, rise, emanate

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British Dictionary definitions for proceed


verb (intr)
  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; ariseevil proceeds from the heart
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See also proceeds
Derived Formsproceeder, noun

Word Origin for proceed

C14: from Latin prōcēdere to advance, from pro- 1 + cēdere to go
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Word Origin and History for proceed


late 14c., "to go on," also "to emanate from, result from," from Old French proceder (13c., Modern French procéder) and directly from Latin procedere (past participle processus) "go before, go forward, advance, make progress; come forward," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + cedere "to go" (see cede). Related: Proceeded; proceeding.

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