Definition of proceed in English:



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  • 1Begin a course of action.

    ‘the consortium could proceed with the plan’
    • ‘‘Feelings ran very high and the unanimous view was that the group management should not proceed with the cuts,’ said those who attended.’
    • ‘‘Unfortunately neither the Rotary Club in the Ukraine nor the authority there has any money to proceed with the project,’ said Mr Goldthorpe.’
    • ‘We were able to, of course, proceed with our work by the end of the day.’
    • ‘She also said that the ambitions of hundreds of school leavers had been thrown into disarray by the Government's decision not to proceed with the courses in September.’
    • ‘If we can't fill all the parts then we will not be able to proceed with the play as we had planned.’
    • ‘However, despite a Labour Court plea not to proceed with any strike action until its ruling, cabin crews proceeded with Thursday's stoppage.’
    • ‘None of them looked up, allowing Michael to proceed unhindered.’
    • ‘It's his guidance to his followers that's certainly inspires them to proceed with the attacks that we have seen in places like Istanbul and Morocco and Spain and so forth.’
    • ‘The Cemetery Committee will now proceed with the project of erecting the Remembrance Plaque, which will be unveiled at the annual celebration of Holy Mass later this year.’
    • ‘The Toronto demonstration proceeded from city hall to the US Consulate.’
    • ‘One person proceeded to climb up a street light and attempt to smash it.’
    • ‘Why would we want to proceed with a course of action that is unjust, unwise and completely unnecessary?’
    • ‘Gate proceeds in aid of Western Care so all support welcome.’
    • ‘After the decision to proceed with transplantation, she began to experience feelings of anxiety and fear.’
    • ‘I fill in a form and get an interview and then they see whether they wish to proceed with me.’
    • ‘To recover for delay the contractor must proceed as follows.’
    • ‘If his pleadings are struck, Ms. Mellon may proceed immediately to trial on an uncontested basis.’
    • ‘On July 17 we received approval from the department to proceed with the placing of an advertisement for the appointment of consultants to prepare the contract documents.’
    • ‘He added: ‘We can't proceed with any civil action unless we have the permission of the Charity Commissioners to spend money in that way.’’
    • ‘And so I think that we should proceed with oversight and I'm going to encourage my colleagues on the appropriate committees to do just that.’
    • ‘But the company was forced to proceed with yesterday's meeting as Acquisitor's motions to remove Baltimore's existing directors were valid.’
    • ‘‘It's hard to imagine if the Government is going to proceed with something as dramatic as this, it would not have a business plan,’ he said.’
    • ‘He urges Athena to proceed with the trial, and so she begins, acting as the judge and facilitator of the trial.’
    begin, make a start, get going, move, set something in motion
    go ahead, carry on, go on, continue, keep on, get on, get ahead
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    1. 1.1with infinitive Do something after something else.
      ‘opposite the front door was a staircase which I proceeded to climb’
      • ‘Once that decision is made, we must then proceed concretely with its implementation, that is to say the transfer of responsibility, which will take a little time.’
      • ‘Rather than reconfiguring the Court in one fell swoop, they must proceed member by member, as justices die or leave voluntarily.’
      • ‘After that, they will proceed to a more advanced lesson.’
      • ‘Then Yaakov proceeds to name the area where this event took place.’
      • ‘The question displayed must be completed before proceeding to the next one.’
      • ‘Kim moved forward and proceeded to do the same thing on her other cheek.’
      • ‘He looked deep into her eyes and then, proceeded to lean forward to kiss her.’
      • ‘She bundled up my bedding and proceeded to toss it down the staircase.’
      • ‘The clerk retired with the magistrates when they considered their verdict and the magistrates proceeded to find McCarthy guilty.’
      • ‘Next the student must proceed through a commitment stage (I will achieve), followed by an actual expenditure of effort.’
      • ‘After some time, he and the man behind the counter proceeded from a civil conversation to a heated argument in French.’
      • ‘They easily proceeded from one to the next with a short pause in between; all seemed to know the order in which they would be sung.’
    2. 1.2 (of an action) carry on or continue.
      ‘my studies are proceeding well’
      • ‘As his analysis proceeds, Bartolini continually makes interesting and often unexpected connections.’
      • ‘As the excavation proceeded, there turned out to be five swords.’
      • ‘But he denied reports on Chad's latest threat, saying bilateral co-operation continued to proceed.’
      • ‘As taxonomic study proceeds on the assumption that evolution has taken place, it is much involved with phylogenetics, which deals with the description of evolutionary relationships.’
      • ‘Negotiations proceeded almost continuously until the next day at noon, when the two sides reached a tentative settlement.’
      • ‘There will be further opportunities to view the house as dismantling continues and reconstruction proceeds at the new site.’
      • ‘I know the joint work between the Polish command and the Bulgarian contingent has been proceeding very well.’
      • ‘The local environmental study could've been proceeding and they decided that it was to be a complete hold on it.’
      • ‘Has there been any commentary on this litigation as it has proceeded through the courts, any written law review or other comments on the case?’
      • ‘As the test proceeded, additional wetting continued to appear at the exposed interior face of the brick and several points of incursion on the brick were noted.’
      • ‘A poem generally starts along a continuum that proceeds from syllable to word to phrase to line to stanza.’
      • ‘In some cases, the excavation proceeded down as far as the natural ground.’
      • ‘The line of reasoning proceeds as follows: Science is a cumulative activity.’
      • ‘It did fall 12 votes short in the motion to proceed to continue the debate.’
      • ‘The litigation proceeded through pleadings, examinations for discovery and pre-trial hearings with great difficulty.’
      • ‘Admission to the study proceeded in a staged manner.’
    3. 1.3Law Start a lawsuit against someone.
      ‘he may still be able to proceed against the contractor under negligence rules’
      • ‘Do you say you can proceed against Aboriginal native title claimants for trespass if they happen to wander across any part of your tenement?’
      • ‘The recent decision that a class action suit can proceed against Wal-Mart seems to be cut from this cloth.’
      • ‘This high-stakes lawsuit is now proceeding in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, before Judge John Bates.’
      • ‘Hamilton and Windsor elected to proceed by way of litigation.’
      • ‘It proceeded with its lawsuit in Texas and in March 2002, this went to trial by judge and jury.’
      • ‘This lawsuit, should it proceed, calls for close watching.’
      • ‘Levinson will remain as a defendant and the action will proceed against him and the other three defendants.’
      • ‘Based on the cases cited, the action cannot proceed for want of evidence.’
      • ‘In annulling this decision the Court has made it difficult for the Commission to proceed against collusive practices.’
      • ‘Legal sources said the prisoners cannot be forced to accept the writs, and that the highly publicised lawsuits cannot proceed without them.’
      • ‘I am entitled to know those reasons before giving instructions to proceed by way of Judicial Review to set aside your decision.’
      • ‘Nothing of significance occurred following July 26, and thereafter, this litigation proceeded between the parties.’
      • ‘It is not logical, he argues to be unable to proceed against the detaining authority and yet recover damages against a third party.’
      • ‘Multiple postings may make it futile to proceed against any given site.’
      • ‘A solicitor who proceeds with hopeless litigation (even if legally aided) may still be liable to pay personally the costs of the other party.’
      • ‘On October 9, 2003 the Respondent revoked that offer and the litigation proceeded.’
      • ‘There are, however, a number of situations in which it is possible to proceed against the Community directly.’
      • ‘Thus civil law countries may use a nationality principle and proceed against a national no matter where in the world an offence is committed.’
      • ‘Your Honour, what that would demonstrate is that the plaintiff proposed to seek to proceed against Baxter.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the lawsuit will proceed against the state and other individual counties with the trial set for Aug.26.’
      take to court, start proceedings against, take proceedings against, begin an action against, start an action against, sue
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  • 2 Move forward.

    ‘from the High Street, proceed over Magdalen Bridge’
    • ‘He didn't finish his thought; he merely proceeded, and let his two allies follow him at their own discretion.’
    • ‘The captain explained as he and Floyd proceeded to move some rocks away from her body.’
    • ‘My new guide catches me looking back as we proceed down the corridor.’
    • ‘In the corner of her eye, she could just make out the other Rangers proceeding forward as she had done.’
    • ‘If you do, the bike proceeds forward: if you don't, it stops, you fall off, and you may hurt yourself.’
    • ‘Then she proceeded out the door and plopped down on the porch.’
    • ‘Proceeding in this fashion will truly let a manufacturer sleep well at night.’
    • ‘Once on the track, they proceeded in the direction of their own home.’
    • ‘Whenever one discusses long-term planning in foreign policy, one must proceed with caution.’
    • ‘She hooked her arm in an unfamiliar man's as they slowly proceeded down the aisle.’
    • ‘We proceeded into the channel, did a tight 180 on the bow of the ship, and taxied back toward the island.’
    • ‘Fans of classic film move forward: Others should proceed cautiously.’
    • ‘She had no inkling of how to proceed, but quickly moved forward and sat down by the fire.’
    • ‘They proceeded more cautiously down the path, but for the moment the air was clear.’
    • ‘But a responsible political leader is not at liberty to proceed in that manner.’
    • ‘He paused a moment to allow his eyes to adjust to the reduced lighting then proceeded cautiously.’
    • ‘And it's interesting, because I was uncertain whether they were going to proceed forward.’
    • ‘The debate can not proceed at the slow pace to which academics are accustomed.’
    • ‘She was the lonely walker who proceeded from Selous to Harare on her own, to ensure that the protest march reached its planned conclusion.’
    • ‘Both sides proceeded on the footing that all the terms of the sale had been agreed.’
    • ‘Glancing to the left, I proceeded forward, right in the path of a bus.’
    go, make one's way, advance, move, move forward, move along, progress, carry on, press on, push on
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    1. 2.1British dated Advance to a higher rank, status, or education.
      ‘he did not proceed to university in his seventeenth year’
      • ‘At all levels, students are encouraged, cajoled, and coaxed by teachers and parents to excel in their studies so that they can proceed to the next educational level.’
      • ‘Pass certificates are needed to proceed to the next level of education.’
      • ‘More middle-class than working-class children, for example, stay at school beyond the school-leaving age, and proceed to higher education.’
      • ‘The majority then proceed to the formal interview stage, along with the standard applicants.’
      • ‘Her father Alexander had been educated for the priesthood in Rome, but did not proceed to ordination and emigrated to Port Phillip.’
      move forward, move along, press on, push on, push forward, make progress, make headway, forge on, forge ahead, gain ground, approach, come closer, move closer, move nearer, draw nearer, near
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  • 3Originate from.

    ‘his claim that all power proceeded from God’
    • ‘That her strange outburst of familiarity proceeded from some strong motive seemed to be more than probable.’
    • ‘These unique characteristics are seen as indicators that the individual has a special standing in the society, that their very creation proceeded from a point of power.’
    • ‘But, to Toulmin, this act of homage proceeded from a delusion.’
    • ‘All knowledge, he consistently maintained, proceeded from Scripture.’
    • ‘In the conduct of diplomacy, king and minister proceeded from different assumptions.’
    • ‘The sound that proceeded from Casey's mouth was something between a giggle and a snort.’
    • ‘The fossil record shows the development of life-forms that have proceeded from simple to complex over geological time.’
    • ‘In assessing the global situation, Trotsky proceeded from the relationship between Europe and America.’
    • ‘All proceeded from a premise that equated modernization with Westernization.’
    • ‘The spirit of rebellion proceeded from the new world back to the old.’
    • ‘The observed linear behavior of the DNA extension with time was interpreted to mean growth proceeded from a single nucleus.’
    • ‘That other machine may, in like manner, have proceeded from a former machine: nor does that alter the case; the contrivance must have had a contriver.’
    • ‘His three main goals proceeded from this principal objective.’
    originate, have its origin, spring, stem, come, derive, arise, issue, flow, emanate, descend, result, follow, ensue, begin, emerge, start
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Late Middle English: from Old French proceder, from Latin procedere, from pro- ‘forward’ + cedere ‘go’.