- to move or go forward or onward, especially after stopping.
- to carry on or continue any action or process.
- to go on to do something.
- to continue one's discourse.
- to begin and carry on a legal action.
- to take legal action (usually followed by against).
- to be carried on, as an action or process.
- to go or come forth; issue (often followed by from).
- to arise, originate, or result (usually followed by from).
- something that results or accrues.
- the total amount derived from a sale or other transaction: The proceeds from the deal were divided equally among us.
- the profits or returns from a sale, investment, etc.
- Archaic. proceeds.
Origin of proceed
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Examples from the Web for proceed
What does Bondi mean that clerks now should “determine how to proceed”?The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
It was done after we had received a binding legal opinion from Justice and approval from the White House to proceed.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me
December 11, 2014
So any discussions have to proceed with all three nations on board.Should Obama Take North Korea’s Bait?
Gordon G. Chang
October 21, 2014
But there is broad agreement between Washington and Ankara as to how the fight against ISIS should proceed, he said.Exclusive: Turkey OK’s American Drones to Fight ISIS
Eli Lake, Josh Rogin
October 16, 2014
They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.The Vatican's Same-Sex Synod: The Bishops Hear About Reality. Do They Listen?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 12, 2014
Then I heard a mighty voice, that seemed to proceed from within the Parthenon.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
From what I know of our young brother, I am satisfied he will proceed most cautiously.
Therefore, proceed to place the rubber and cover on the jar.
Proceed with the remainder of the process as in canning peaches.
We revile them for it and proceed to make moral monsters of our own children.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
- (often foll by to) to advance or carry on, esp after stopping
- (often foll by with) to undertake and continue (something or to do something)he proceeded with his reading
- (often foll by against) to institute or carry on a legal action
- to emerge or originate; ariseevil proceeds from the heart
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.