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
Related Words for processingconvert, handle, prepare, transform, refine, alter, treat, fulfill, concoct
Examples from the Web for processing
Contemporary Examples of processing
I was able to be alone while not alone, processing the fact that while I was marching and chanting I could literally die.The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
After processing in everyone else, the cops took him somewhere for a reminder of their thoughts on “rapos.”A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
The processing errors of her mind manifested in a few debilitating ways: Her wagers, written with Jeopardy!Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
But even as he was receiving awards, the military brass was processing his discharge—they had found out he was transgender.Yes to LGB, No to T: The Pentagon Still Has a Transgender Ban
October 21, 2014
Under Coulson, the processing of news at the News of the World had gone criminal very quickly.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
Historical Examples of processing
With crops which are perishable or bulky, "processing" must be performed locally.The Farmer and His Community
She discerned that through her processing of the applications.Rebels of the Red Planet
Charles Louis Fontenay
It translates our alphabet into its own alphabet, and then, after processing, it translates it back into ours.The Civilization of Illiteracy
They also provide for some 1401 processing while the transfer of data is taking place.IBM 1401 Programming Systems
During the processing a thick liquid should exude, covering the pimientoes.American Cookery
- 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.