proceeding

[pruh-see-ding]

noun

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

Synonyms for proceeding

1, 2, 4. See process.
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British Dictionary definitions for proceedings

proceeding

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for proceedings
n.

"records of the doings of a society," by 1824; see proceeding.

proceeding

n.

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.

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