• Proceed



    From Old French proceder, from Latin procedere ("to go forth, go forward, advance, come forth, issue, go on, result, proceed"), from pro ("forth") + cedere ("to go"); see cede.

    Full definition of proceed


    1. To move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun.to proceed on a journey.
    2. To pass from one point, topic, or stage, to another.To proceed with a story or argument.
    3. To issue or come forth as from a source or origin; to come from.Light proceeds from the sun.
    4. 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.
      • John Lockehe that proceeds upon other Principles in his Enquiry
    5. To be transacted; to take place; to occur.
      • ShakespeareHe will, after his sour fashion, tell you
        What hath proceeded worthy note to-day.
    6. To have application or effect; to operate.
      • AyliffeThis rule only proceeds and takes place when a person can not of common law condemn another by his sentence.
    7. To begin and carry on a legal process.

    Usage notes

    This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See

    Not to be confused with precede.

    Many of the other English verbs ultimately derived from Latin cedere are spelled ending in "cede", so the misspelling "procede" is common.


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