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)
Origin of process
Synonyms for process
Examples from the Web for processes
Contemporary Examples of processes
The billionaire philanthropist tastes the product of a machine that processes human sewage into drinking water and electricity.Bill Gates Drinks Sewer Water
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
January 7, 2015
Often, the processes that result in death begin when the heart stops beating.What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
November 21, 2014
There are 17 processes herein, which collectively take four years for a craftsman to master.Behind the Wheel of the Bespoke Bentley
October 27, 2014
Its core information—materials, processes, electronic tricks, and RCS numbers—needs to be protected.How the Pentagon Strangles Its Most Advanced Stealth Warplanes
October 13, 2014
Fintech processes payments for the alcoholic beverage industry.The Sleazy War on the Humane Society
Center for Public Integrity
August 18, 2014
Historical Examples of processes
It speaks to us through the processes of governing in the sovereignties of 48 States.
It was blasphemy to think of her in such case, subjected to the degradation of these processes.Within the Law
We have succeeded, and I want to enjoy our success and forget its processes.The Bacillus of Beauty
All the processes of the ages are God's science; all the flow of history is his poetry.A Dish Of Orts
Part of it is lost; in some processes a considerable proportion.Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining
John S. Hittell
- 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.