What does proceed mean?

Definitions for proceed
prəˈsid; ˈproʊ sidpro·ceed

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. continue, go on, carry on, proceedverb

    continue talking

    "I know it's hard," he continued, "but there is no choice"; "carry on--pretend we are not in the room"

  2. proceed, go forward, continueverb

    move ahead; travel onward in time or space

    "We proceeded towards Washington"; "She continued in the direction of the hills"; "We are moving ahead in time now"

  3. go, proceed, moveverb

    follow a procedure or take a course

    "We should go farther in this matter"; "She went through a lot of trouble"; "go about the world in a certain manner"; "Messages must go through diplomatic channels"

  4. proceed, goverb

    follow a certain course

    "The inauguration went well"; "how did your interview go?"

  5. continue, go on, proceed, go along, keepverb

    continue a certain state, condition, or activity

    "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight"


  1. proceedverb

    To move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun.

    to proceed on a journey.

  2. proceedverb

    To pass from one point, topic, or stage, to another.

    To proceed with a story or argument.

  3. proceedverb

    To issue or come forth as from a source or origin; to come from.

    Light proceeds from the sun.

  4. proceedverb

    To go on in an orderly or regulated manner; to begin and carry on a series of acts or measures; to act by method; to prosecute a design.

  5. proceedverb

    To be transacted; to take place; to occur.

  6. proceedverb

    To have application or effect; to operate.

  7. proceedverb

    To begin and carry on a legal process.

  8. Etymology: From proceder, from procedere, from pro + cedere; see cede.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Proceednoun

    Produce: as, the proceeds of an estate. Clarissa. Not an imitable word, though much used in law writings.

    Etymology: from the verb.

  2. To PROCEEDverb

    Etymology: procedo, Lat. proceder, Fr.

    Proceeded thus to ask his heav’nly guest. John Milton.

    Then to the prelude of a war proceeds;
    His horns, yet sore, he tries against a tree. Dryden.

    I shall proceed to more complex ideas. John Locke.

    Temp’rately proceed to what you would
    Thus violently redress. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    These things, when they proceed not, they go backward. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Jo. viii. 42.

    He ask’d a clear stage for his muse to proceed in. Anon.

    A dagger of the mind, a false creation
    Proceeding from the heat oppressed brain. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    From me what proceed
    But all corrupt, both mind and will both deprav’d. John Milton.

    All this proceeded not from any want of knowledge. Dryd.

    He that proceeds upon other principles, in his enquiry into any sciences, posts himself in a party. John Locke.

    Since husbandry is of large extent, the poet singles out such precepts to proceed on, as are capable of ornament. Addis.

    He will, after his sour fashion tell you,
    What hath proceeded worthy note to-day. William Shakespeare.

    Proceeded, and oppression and sword law
    Through all the plain. John Milton.

    Proceed by process, lest parties break out,
    And sack great Rome with Romans. William Shakespeare.

    Instead of a ship, to levy upon his county such a sum of money for his majesty’s use, with direction in what manner he should proceed against such as refused. Edward Hyde.

    To judgment he proceeded on th’ accus’d. John Milton.

    From them I will not hide
    My judgments, how with mankind I proceed;
    As how with peccant angels late they saw. John Milton.

    How severely with themselves proceed,
    The men who write such verse as who can read?
    Their own strict judges, not a word they spare,
    That wants or force, or light, or weight, or care. Alexander Pope.

    This rule only proceeds and takes place, when a person cannot of common law condemn another by his sentence. John Ayliffe.

    From my loins thou shalt proceed. John Milton.

    O Adam, one Almighty is, from whom
    All things proceed, and up to him return. John Milton.


  1. proceed

    To proceed means to move or go forward or onward, especially after stopping or after completion of a certain task or action. It can also be referred to as to continue with a particular course of action, journey or process.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proceedverb

    to move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun; as, to proceed on a journey

  2. Proceedverb

    to pass from one point, topic, or stage, to another; as, to proceed with a story or argument

  3. Proceedverb

    to issue or come forth as from a source or origin; to come from; as, light proceeds from the sun

  4. Proceedverb

    to go on in an orderly or regulated manner; to begin and carry on a series of acts or measures; to act by method; to prosecute a design

  5. Proceedverb

    to be transacted; to take place; to occur

  6. Proceedverb

    to have application or effect; to operate

  7. Proceedverb

    to begin and carry on a legal process

  8. Proceednoun

    see Proceeds

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Proceed

    prō-sēd′, v.i. to go forward: to advance: to act according to a method: to go from point to point: to issue: to be produced: to prosecute: to take an academic degree: (Shak.) to be transacted, done.—ns. Procē′dure, the act of proceeding or moving forward: a step taken or an act performed: progress: process: conduct; Proceed′er, one who goes forward or makes progress; Proceed′ing, a going forward: progress: step: operation: transaction: (pl.) a record of the transactions of a society: (Shak.) advancement.—n.pl. Pro′ceeds, the money arising from anything: rent: produce.—Special proceeding, a judicial proceeding other than an action, as, for example, a writ of mandamus; Summary proceedings, certain statutory remedies taken without the formal bringing of an action by process and pleading. [Fr. procéder—L. procedĕrepro, before, cedĕre, cessum, to go.]

Editors Contribution

  1. proceed

    Moving forward.

    The aircraft control authority give permission for the flight to proceed to the runway.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'proceed' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4380

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'proceed' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3850

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'proceed' in Nouns Frequency: #2910

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'proceed' in Verbs Frequency: #449

Anagrams for proceed »

  1. pre-Code

  2. precode

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proceed in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proceed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of proceed in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Cuomo:

    The more we know, the more reliably we can achieve the goal of total harm minimization : the reduction of health and life lost both to the virus, and to societal collapse, to the irreducible minimum, we should proceed in stages because that enables us to adjust and refine, even as we make progress toward normalcy.

  2. Public Affairs Victoria:

    It is not ready to be turned on, it has not been tested, it has not been certified, it has not met the regulatory pieces that would allow it to be turned on both on the German side and the EU side. US HANDS RUSSIA WRITTEN RESPONSE TO DEMANDS, SAYS UP TO KREMLIN HOW TO PROCEED.

  3. Michael Flynn:

    I would like to proceed, your honor, because you're guilty of this offense ?

  4. Kevin Campbell:

    When we do these activities over long periods of time, we release lots of adrenaline. This can actually promote a heart attack in susceptible individuals. Obviously if you are a highly trained athlete and are used to these activities it is OK to proceed, but only with your cardiologist’s approval.

  5. Mike Pompeo:

    This inquiry will proceed. Congress will perform its oversight function, The State Department will continue to do all of the things that were required to do under the law and the Constitution.

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Translations for proceed

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  • انطلقArabic
  • proceder, continuarSpanish
  • ادامهPersian
  • lähteä, edetä, jatkaaFinnish
  • procéderFrench
  • leanScottish Gaelic
  • zajlik, haladHungarian
  • procedereItalian
  • 前進Japanese
  • hoake, nawaki, manatuMāori
  • doorgaan, voortkomen, afkomstig zijn van, verdergaanDutch
  • procedaRomanian
  • приступи́ть, продолжа́ть, изойти́, состоя́ться, отправля́ться, продо́лжить, происходи́ть, исходи́ть, отпра́виться, приступа́ть, произойти́Russian
  • devam etmek, gitmek, ilerlemekTurkish
  • tiến hànhVietnamese

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