- a particular action or course or manner of action.
- proceedings, a series of activities or events; happenings.
- the act of a person or thing that proceeds: Our proceeding down the mountain was hindered by mud slides.
- proceedings, a record of the doings or transactions of a fraternal, academic, etc., society.
- proceedings, Law.
- the instituting or carrying on of an action at law.
- a legal step or measure: to institute proceedings against a person.
Origin of proceeding
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- 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 proceeding
Either way, the Navy is proceeding full steam ahead in preparing the DDG-1000 for sea.Can the Navy's $12 Billion Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?
October 22, 2014
The judge tells him to sit tight and wait for his case to be individually handled at the end of the proceeding.Private Prisons Rule With Little Oversight on America’s Border
June 20, 2014
The efforts are proceeding slowly and tentatively because the price differential of the fuel is only one factor to consider.Diesel Trains May Soon Use Natural Gas Instead
The Daily Beast
May 27, 2014
His hands were cuffed together as he rose to return to the cells at the end of the proceeding.Ex-Cop’s Shooting of Texting Moviegoer Ends in Tragedy
January 15, 2014
People are just proceeding with their lives which at this time of the year include many long-planned social/cultural activities.South Africa Kicks Off Week Of Mourning Mandela
December 9, 2013
The irregularity of the proceeding was unnoticed in the tense excitement.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Such a proceeding was not unlikely; it was not, however, the one she adopted.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Had he the authority of his Sicilian majesty for proceeding as he did?The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
This is not an honourable way of proceeding in Mr. Lovelace.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
He was proceeding in this learned manner, when a mighty noise interrupted him.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
- an act or course of action
- the institution of a legal action
- any step taken in a legal action
- (plural) the minutes of the meetings of a club, society, etc
- (plural) legal action; litigation
- (plural) the events of an occasion, meeting, etc
- (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 proceeding
1510s, "action of going forward," verbal noun from proceed (v.). From 1550s as "what is done, conduct." Proceedings "records of the doings of a society" is attested by 1824.
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.