Definitions for processˈprɒs ɛs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ sɛs; ˈprɒs ɛs ɪz, -ə sɪz, -əˌsiz; esp. Brit. ˈp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

proc•ess*ˈprɒs ɛs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ sɛs; ˈprɒs ɛs ɪz, -ə sɪz, -əˌsiz; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ sɛs-, ˈproʊ sə-; -ɪz; -ˌiz(n.; v.; adj.)(pl.)proc•ess•es

  1. (n.)a systematic series of actions directed to some end:

    a process for homogenizing milk.

  2. a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner:

    the process of decay.

  3. Law. the summons, mandate, or writ by which a defendant is brought before court for litigation. the whole course of the proceedings in an action at law.

    Category: Law

  4. photomechanical or photoengraving methods collectively.

    Category: Photography

  5. Anat. a natural outgrowth, projection, or appendage:

    a process of a bone.

    Category: Anatomy

  6. the action of going forward or on.

  7. the condition of being carried on.

  8. course or lapse, as of time.

  9. Category: Common Vocabulary, Clothing

    Ref: conk4 (defs. 1, 2). 4 1 4 2

  10. (v.t.)to treat or prepare by some particular process, as in manufacturing.

  11. to handle (persons, papers, etc.) according to a routine procedure.

  12. to institute a legal process against.

  13. to serve a process or summons on.

  14. Category: Common Vocabulary, Clothing

    Ref: conk4 (def. 3). 4 3

  15. (adj.)prepared or modified by a special process.

  16. noting, pertaining to, or involving photomechanical or photoengraving methods:

    a process print.

    Category: Printing

  17. of or pertaining to hair that has been conked.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Clothing

  18. created by or used in process cinematography.

    Category: Motion Pictures, Showbiz

* Pron: process , an early 14th-century French borrowing, has a regularly formed plural that adds -es to the singular and has traditionally been pronouncedRecent years have seen the increasing popularity of anpronunciation, perhaps by mistaken analogy with such plurals as theses and hypotheses. This newer pronunciation is common among younger educated speakers.

Origin of process:

1300–50; ME proces (n.) (< OF) < L prōcessus forward movement, advance =prōced-, var. s. of prōcēdere to move forward (pro-pro -1+cēdere to yield; see cede ) + -tus suffix of v. action; cf. cession

Princeton's WordNet

  1. procedure, process(noun)

    a particular course of action intended to achieve a result

    "the procedure of obtaining a driver's license"; "it was a process of trial and error"

  2. process, cognitive process, mental process, operation, cognitive operation(noun)

    (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents

    "the process of thinking"; "the cognitive operation of remembering"

  3. summons, process(noun)

    a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant

  4. process, unconscious process(noun)

    a mental process that you are not directly aware of

    "the process of denial"

  5. process, outgrowth, appendage(noun)

    a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant

    "a bony process"

  6. process, physical process(verb)

    a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states

    "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"

  7. process, treat(verb)

    subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition

    "process cheese"; "process hair"; "treat the water so it can be drunk"; "treat the lawn with chemicals" ; "treat an oil spill"

  8. process(verb)

    deal with in a routine way

    "I'll handle that one"; "process a loan"; "process the applicants"

  9. process(verb)

    perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information

    "The results of the elections were still being processed when he gave his acceptance speech"

  10. action, sue, litigate, process(verb)

    institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against

    "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"

  11. march, process(verb)

    march in a procession

    "They processed into the dining room"

  12. work, work on, process(verb)

    shape, form, or improve a material

    "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"

  13. serve, process, swear out(verb)

    deliver a warrant or summons to someone

    "He was processed by the sheriff"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. process(noun)ˈprɒs ɛs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ sɛs

    a set of actions done to achieve sth

    Quitting smoking can be difficult process.; the process of grieving

  2. processˈprɒs ɛs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ sɛs

    a series of stages in the natural development of sth

    the learning/aging process

  3. processˈprɒs ɛs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ sɛs

    currently doing

    We're in the process of building a new house.

  4. process(verb)ˈprɒs ɛs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ sɛs

    to carry out the different parts of an official process

    It takes a week to process the applications.

  5. processˈprɒs ɛs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ sɛs

    to use a computer to calculate, organize, etc. information

    The program will process the statistics.

  6. processˈprɒs ɛs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ sɛs

    to alter by treating with chemicals

    processed cheese

  7. processˈprɒs ɛs; esp. Brit. ˈproʊ sɛs

    a way of finding sth out by considering all the possibilities until there is only one left

    the poultry processing industry; payment/information processing


  1. process(Verb)

    To walk in a procession.

  2. Origin: From procés, from processus, past participle of procedo

Webster Dictionary

  1. Process(noun)

    the act of proceeding; continued forward movement; procedure; progress; advance

  2. Process(noun)

    a series of actions, motions, or occurrences; progressive act or transaction; continuous operation; normal or actual course or procedure; regular proceeding; as, the process of vegetation or decomposition; a chemical process; processes of nature

  3. Process(noun)

    a statement of events; a narrative

  4. Process(noun)

    any marked prominence or projecting part, especially of a bone; anapophysis

  5. Process(noun)

    the whole course of proceedings in a cause real or personal, civil or criminal, from the beginning to the end of the suit; strictly, the means used for bringing the defendant into court to answer to the action; -- a generic term for writs of the class called judicial

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'process' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #411

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'process' in Written Corpus Frequency: #987

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'process' in Nouns Frequency: #103

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'process' in Verbs Frequency: #618

Anagrams of process

  1. Corpses

Translations for process

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a method or way of manufacturing things

We are using a new process to make glass.

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