What does procedure mean?

Definitions for procedure
prəˈsi dʒərpro·ce·dure

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word procedure.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. procedure, processnoun

    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. operation, procedurenoun

    a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work

    "the operations in building a house"; "certain machine tool operations"

  3. routine, subroutine, subprogram, procedure, functionnoun

    a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program

  4. procedurenoun

    a mode of conducting legal and parliamentary proceedings


  1. procedurenoun

    A particular method for performing a task.

  2. procedurenoun

    A series of small tasks or steps taken to accomplish an end.

  3. procedurenoun

    The set of established forms or methods of an organized body for accomplishing a certain task or tasks.

    Ensure that you follow procedure when accessing customers' personal information.

  4. procedurenoun

    The steps taken in an action or other legal proceeding.

    Gracious procedures. I. Taylor.

  5. procedurenoun

    A subroutine or function coded to perform a specific task.

  6. Etymology: From procedure, from procedere; see proceed.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Procedurenoun

    Etymology: procedure, Fr. from proceed.

    This is the true procedure of conscience, always supposing a law from God, before it lays obligation upon man. South.

    Although the distinction of these several procedures of the soul do not always appear distinct, especially in sudden actions, yet in actions of weight, all these have their distinct order and procedure. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    No known substance, but earth and the procedures of earth, as tile and stone, yieldeth any moss or herby substance. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Procedurenoun

    the act or manner of proceeding or moving forward; progress; process; operation; conduct

  2. Procedurenoun

    a step taken; an act performed; a proceeding; the steps taken in an action or other legal proceeding

  3. Procedurenoun

    that which results; issue; product

  4. Etymology: [F. procdure. See Proceed.]

Editors Contribution

  1. procedure

    The easy and simple step-by-step instruction for how to achieve a goal or task.

    The company quality manual system had a set of quality assurance procedures.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'procedure' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1833

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'procedure' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1711

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'procedure' in Nouns Frequency: #395

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of procedure in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of procedure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of procedure in a Sentence

  1. Deputy Defence Minister Czeslaw Mroczek:

    From the point of view of the procedure and how we do it - whether in one or two proceedings - will depend on if we buy the submarines alone or as a joint project of two or more NATO members.

  2. Shawn Nolan:

    The courts have made clear that the government cannot rush executions in order to avoid judicial review of the legality and constitutionality of its new execution procedure.

  3. Oussama Wazni:

    Patients and their family members should have realistic expectations - especially in this group of patients that have frailty and dementia, we want to make sure the family members and the patient understand we only recommend a procedure when the benefit is more than the risk in all instances.

  4. Bobby DiCello:

    It's bewildering. It sends a symbolic and inhumane message despite the procedure that is involved, if nobody thought he needed to be handcuffed, then why not just out of respect for the loss of human life, avoid it ?

  5. Dominique Keller:

    Hasina was a healthy giraffe in her prime, so we were hopeful that she would survive, following the procedure, Hasina was standing on her own, which is a positive sign, but in the end she may have been too weak from the experience.

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  • اجراءArabic
  • procedimentCatalan, Valencian
  • postup, procedura, úkonyCzech
  • Vorgehen, Unterprogramm, Prozedere, Vorgehensweise, ProzedurGerman
  • διαδικασίαGreek
  • trámite, procedimientoSpanish
  • kordEstonian
  • روال, روند, رویهPersian
  • menettelytapa, menetelmä, toimintamalli, menettelytavat, menettely, oikeudenkäyntimenettely, proseduuri, työjärjestys, aliohjelma, toimintatapaFinnish
  • fonction, procédé, procédureFrench
  • eljárás, procedúraHungarian
  • ընթացակարգArmenian
  • metodo, iter, procedura, procedimentoItalian
  • 手順, やり方, 手続き, 行程, プロシージャ, 手段, 流儀Japanese
  • 절차Korean
  • pēheatanga, pēwheatangaMāori
  • tatacara, prosedurMalay
  • procedureDutch
  • procedimentoPortuguese
  • subrutină, procedeu, funcție, funcțiune, procedurăRomanian
  • фу́нкция, проце́сс, процеду́ра, подпрогра́мма, ме́тод, мето́дикаRussian
  • procedurSwedish
  • mtindoSwahili
  • metod, yöntem, yordam, işlem, prosedürTurkish
  • thủ tụcVietnamese

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