noun, plural proc·ess·es [pros-es-iz, ‐uh-siz, ‐uh-seez or, esp. British, proh-ses-iz, proh-suh-seez] /ˈprɒs ɛs ɪz, ‐ə sɪz, ‐əˌsiz or, esp. British, ˈproʊ sɛs ɪz, ˈproʊ sə siz/.
- the summons, mandate, or writ by which a defendant or thing is brought before court for litigation.
- the whole course of the proceedings in an action at law.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- procerus muscle,
- process camera,
- process cinematography,
- process colour,
- process costing,
- process engineering
Origin of process
Examples from the Web for processed
Once in Sicily, the refugees are processed and released by the Italian authorities, who have streamlined the experience.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In your acceptance speech at the National Book Awards, you said, “War is too strange to be processed alone.”
At best, they would be processed and free to return home to sail again.Hundreds of Migrants are Reported Drowned by Traffickers Near Malta|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe there was a reason why the soldiers left us there for hours; the agent who processed me never told me why.
Since May, the Pentagon said, IAL has processed more than 22,000 cars for shipment.
If they prove to be uninfected they can be processed for meat storage.The Year When Stardust Fell|Raymond F. Jones
He didn't indicate the application had been processed and approved?Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
I also had one of the firearms examiners dismantle the weapon and I processed the complete weapon, all parts, everything else.Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
You don't believe that they will be released after they have been—processed?Star Hunter|Andre Alice Norton
Before tobacco is ready for the market it must be processed into the various forms demanded by the trade.Agriculture in Virginia, 1607-1699|Lyman Carrier
- a summons, writ, etc, commanding a person to appear in court
- the whole proceedings in an action at law
- to institute legal proceedings against
- to serve a process on
- to develop, rinse, fix, wash, and dry (exposed film, etc)
- to produce final prints or slides from (undeveloped film)
Word Origin for process
Word Origin for process
early 14c., "fact of being carried on" (e.g. in process), from Old French proces "a journey; continuation, development; legal trial" (13c.) and directly from Latin processus "a going forward, advance, progress," from past participle stem of procedere "go forward" (see proceed).
Meaning "course or method of action" is from mid-14c.; sense of "continuous series of actions meant to accomplish some result" (the main modern sense) is from 1620s. Legal sense of "course of action of a suit at law" is attested from early 14c.
1530s, "begin legal action against," from Middle French processer "to prosecute," from proces (see process (n.)). Meaning "prepare by special process" is from 1881, from the noun in English. Of persons, "to register and examine," by 1935. Related: Processed; processing.
"to go in procession," 1814, "A colloquial or humorous back-formation" from procession [OED]. Accent on second syllable.