[ verb pruh-seed; noun proh-seed ]
/ verb prəˈsid; noun ˈproʊ sid /

verb (used without object)


  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.
Archaic. proceeds.

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

Synonym study

1. See advance. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proceed


/ (prəˈsiːd) /

verb (intr)

(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
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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