[ pruh-see-ding ]
/ prəˈsi dɪŋ /


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.
  1. the instituting or carrying on of an action at law.
  2. a legal step or measure: to institute proceedings against a person.

Origin of proceeding

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at proceed, -ing1

Definition for proceeding (2 of 2)


[ 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 forms

pro·ceed·er, nounre·pro·ceed, verb (used without object)

Can be confused

precede 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 proceeding (1 of 2)


/ (prəˈsiːdɪŋ) /


an act or course of action
  1. the institution of a legal action
  2. 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

British Dictionary definitions for proceeding (2 of 2)


/ (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 Forms

proceeder, noun

Word Origin for proceed

C14: from Latin prōcēdere to advance, from pro- 1 + cēdere to go
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