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[v. pruh-seed; n. proh-seed] /v. prəˈsid; n. ˈproʊ sid/
verb (used without object)
to move or go forward or onward, especially after stopping.
to carry on or continue any action or process.
to go on to do something.
to continue one's discourse.
  1. to begin and carry on a legal action.
  2. to take legal action (usually followed by against).
to be carried on, as an action or process.
to go or come forth; issue (often followed by from).
to arise, originate, or result (usually followed by from).
  1. something that results or accrues.
  2. the total amount derived from a sale or other transaction:
    The proceeds from the deal were divided equally among us.
  3. the profits or returns from a sale, investment, etc.
Archaic. proceeds.
Origin of proceed
1350-1400; Middle English procede < Latin prōcēdere. See pro-1, cede
Related forms
proceeder, noun
reproceed, verb (used without object)
Can be confused
precede, proceed.
1. progress, continue, pass on. See advance. 7. emanate. 8. spring, ensue.
1. recede. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for proceeded
  • We proceeded to get equipment out of the back of our car when the first building collapsed.
  • It was a venting session with other bloggers who then proceeded to sympathize with her.
  • He proceeded to do so at considerable personal risk.
  • She told stories about professors who wrote textbooks, and proceeded to read the relevant pages to auditoriums full of students.
  • Ecological succession has proceeded at different speeds in different areas.
  • For more than a year, planning proceeded largely out of public view.
  • They proceeded to show how they did it and, lo and behold, they couldn't pick it up.
  • He then proceeded to take a syringe and pretend to stab his friend with it.
  • So he proceeded to get in an ambulance and go to the hospital at that point.
  • Plenty of libel cases have proceeded against the students that write late night diatribes in campus papers.
British Dictionary definitions for proceeded


verb (intransitive)
(often foll by to) to advance or carry on, esp after stopping
(often foll by with) to undertake and continue (something or to do something): he proceeded with his reading
(often foll by against) to institute or carry on a legal action
to emerge or originate; arise: evil proceeds from the heart
See also proceeds
Derived Forms
proceeder, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prōcēdere to advance, from pro-1 + cēdere to go
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Word Origin and History for proceeded



late 14c., "to go on," also "to emanate from, result from," from Old French proceder (13c., Modern French procéder) and directly from Latin procedere (past participle processus) "go before, go forward, advance, make progress; come forward," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + cedere "to go" (see cede). Related: Proceeded; proceeding.

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