- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for proceed on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for proceeded
He just walked around the periphery of the development and proceeded on.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
Three off-duty cops working as security guards apprehended Saylor and proceeded to restrain him in an ultimately fatal fashion.
Gelhaus proceeded to fire eight shots at Gonzalez, striking him seven times, when he said Gonzalez raised the barrel.
Sharpton proceeded inside to join three other national civil-rights leaders in an hour-long meeting with the president.Is Al Sharpton Running New York City Hall From the White House?
November 7, 2014
The president, Shultz, Meese, and Casey proceeded to brief congressional leaders.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
November 3, 2014
John had been under her dominion, and proceeded to persuade her.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
A salt lake was visible a few miles to the east, towards which we proceeded.Explorations in Australia
Having paid their bill, they proceeded to the Cassino, where they took their café.
Parents, proceeded she, when children are young, are pleased with every thing they do.
Let me tell you then, proceeded she, that all lies in a small compass, as your father said.
- (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 proceeded
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.