Definition of proceed in US English:



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  • 1Begin or continue a course of action.

    ‘we can proceed with our investigation’
    • ‘After the decision to proceed with transplantation, she began to experience feelings of anxiety and fear.’
    • ‘We were able to, of course, proceed with our work by the end of the day.’
    • ‘‘Unfortunately neither the Rotary Club in the Ukraine nor the authority there has any money to proceed with the project,’ said Mr Goldthorpe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If his pleadings are struck, Ms. Mellon may proceed immediately to trial on an uncontested basis.’
    • ‘The Toronto demonstration proceeded from city hall to the US Consulate.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘If we can't fill all the parts then we will not be able to proceed with the play as we had planned.’
    • ‘‘Feelings ran very high and the unanimous view was that the group management should not proceed with the cuts,’ said those who attended.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I fill in a form and get an interview and then they see whether they wish to proceed with me.’
    • ‘He urges Athena to proceed with the trial, and so she begins, acting as the judge and facilitator of the trial.’
    • ‘Why would we want to proceed with a course of action that is unjust, unwise and completely unnecessary?’
    • ‘However, despite a Labour Court plea not to proceed with any strike action until its ruling, cabin crews proceeded with Thursday's stoppage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the company was forced to proceed with yesterday's meeting as Acquisitor's motions to remove Baltimore's existing directors were valid.’
    • ‘One person proceeded to climb up a street light and attempt to smash it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To recover for delay the contractor must proceed as follows.’
    • ‘None of them looked up, allowing Michael to proceed unhindered.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Gate proceeds in aid of Western Care so all support welcome.’
    • ‘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.’
    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. 1.1 Move forward, especially after reaching a certain point.
      ‘the ship could proceed to Milwaukee’
      • ‘She hooked her arm in an unfamiliar man's as they slowly proceeded down the aisle.’
      • ‘Then she proceeded out the door and plopped down on the porch.’
      • ‘Once on the track, they proceeded in the direction of their own home.’
      • ‘They proceeded more cautiously down the path, but for the moment the air was clear.’
      • ‘He paused a moment to allow his eyes to adjust to the reduced lighting then proceeded cautiously.’
      • ‘Whenever one discusses long-term planning in foreign policy, one must proceed with caution.’
      • ‘In the corner of her eye, she could just make out the other Rangers proceeding forward as she had done.’
      • ‘She was the lonely walker who proceeded from Selous to Harare on her own, to ensure that the protest march reached its planned conclusion.’
      • ‘My new guide catches me looking back as we proceed down the corridor.’
      • ‘Glancing to the left, I proceeded forward, right in the path of a bus.’
      • ‘And it's interesting, because I was uncertain whether they were going to proceed forward.’
      • ‘Fans of classic film move forward: Others should proceed cautiously.’
      • ‘We proceeded into the channel, did a tight 180 on the bow of the ship, and taxied back toward the island.’
      • ‘He didn't finish his thought; he merely proceeded, and let his two allies follow him at their own discretion.’
      • ‘The debate can not proceed at the slow pace to which academics are accustomed.’
      • ‘Proceeding in this fashion will truly let a manufacturer sleep well at night.’
      • ‘She had no inkling of how to proceed, but quickly moved forward and sat down by the fire.’
      • ‘Both sides proceeded on the footing that all the terms of the sale had been agreed.’
      • ‘The captain explained as he and Floyd proceeded to move some rocks away from her body.’
      • ‘If you do, the bike proceeds forward: if you don't, it stops, you fall off, and you may hurt yourself.’
      • ‘But a responsible political leader is not at liberty to proceed in that manner.’
      go, make one's way, advance, move, move forward, move along, progress, carry on, press on, push on
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    2. 1.2with infinitive Do something as a natural or seemingly inevitable next step.
      ‘opposite the front door was a staircase, which I proceeded to climb’
      • ‘The clerk retired with the magistrates when they considered their verdict and the magistrates proceeded to find McCarthy guilty.’
      • ‘He looked deep into her eyes and then, proceeded to lean forward to kiss her.’
      • ‘Next the student must proceed through a commitment stage (I will achieve), followed by an actual expenditure of effort.’
      • ‘The question displayed must be completed before proceeding to the next one.’
      • ‘Then Yaakov proceeds to name the area where this event took place.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She bundled up my bedding and proceeded to toss it down the staircase.’
      • ‘After that, they will proceed to a more advanced lesson.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After some time, he and the man behind the counter proceeded from a civil conversation to a heated argument in French.’
      • ‘Kim moved forward and proceeded to do the same thing on her other cheek.’
    3. 1.3Law Start a lawsuit against someone.
      ‘he may still be able to proceed against the contractor under the common law negligence rules’
      • ‘On October 9, 2003 the Respondent revoked that offer and the litigation proceeded.’
      • ‘I am entitled to know those reasons before giving instructions to proceed by way of Judicial Review to set aside your decision.’
      • ‘Do you say you can proceed against Aboriginal native title claimants for trespass if they happen to wander across any part of your tenement?’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the lawsuit will proceed against the state and other individual counties with the trial set for Aug.26.’
      • ‘Your Honour, what that would demonstrate is that the plaintiff proposed to seek to proceed against Baxter.’
      • ‘This high-stakes lawsuit is now proceeding in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, before Judge John Bates.’
      • ‘Based on the cases cited, the action cannot proceed for want of evidence.’
      • ‘It proceeded with its lawsuit in Texas and in March 2002, this went to trial by judge and jury.’
      • ‘Legal sources said the prisoners cannot be forced to accept the writs, and that the highly publicised lawsuits cannot proceed without them.’
      • ‘Thus civil law countries may use a nationality principle and proceed against a national no matter where in the world an offence is committed.’
      • ‘It is not logical, he argues to be unable to proceed against the detaining authority and yet recover damages against a third party.’
      • ‘A solicitor who proceeds with hopeless litigation (even if legally aided) may still be liable to pay personally the costs of the other party.’
      • ‘In annulling this decision the Court has made it difficult for the Commission to proceed against collusive practices.’
      • ‘Nothing of significance occurred following July 26, and thereafter, this litigation proceeded between the parties.’
      • ‘There are, however, a number of situations in which it is possible to proceed against the Community directly.’
      • ‘Levinson will remain as a defendant and the action will proceed against him and the other three defendants.’
      • ‘The recent decision that a class action suit can proceed against Wal-Mart seems to be cut from this cloth.’
      • ‘Multiple postings may make it futile to proceed against any given site.’
      • ‘This lawsuit, should it proceed, calls for close watching.’
      • ‘Hamilton and Windsor elected to proceed by way of litigation.’
      take to court, start proceedings against, take proceedings against, begin an action against, start an action against, sue
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    4. 1.4 (of an action) be started.
      ‘negotiations must proceed without delay’
      • ‘Council was prepared to allow the project to proceed but will continue to monitor it closely to ensure our community's health and safety are kept uppermost at all times.’
      • ‘Whatever the case, please acknowledge receipt of this mail via my e-mail address If your response is positive we shall proceed immediately without any delay.’
      • ‘If this legislation is to proceed it must be enacted before the new fishing season, 1 October 2004.’
      • ‘City council on Tuesday noted it was quite possible the project might not proceed this year because of the delays caused by the objection.’
      • ‘We must do it in the useful forms of employment; we must get the credit for it; and we must proceed.’
      • ‘So far, few studies have proceeded with this view in mind.’
      • ‘Before we proceed, we must pay money to tsunami victims so they can have clothes, food and shelter.’
      • ‘Remove administrative obstacles to allow timber projects under the Northwest Forest Plan to proceed without delay.’
      • ‘In their followup report, staff recommended that a moratorium proceed while a study on lodging houses took place.’
      • ‘Just as in any other ending, careful planning must be done before proceeding.’
      • ‘If these provided a satisfactory outcome, open and official negotiations could then proceed involving elected representatives.’
      • ‘But now is the time that debating and forcing a congressional vote on an invasion of Iraq must proceed.’
      • ‘How will the negotiations proceed and when can a conclusion be expected?’
      • ‘The legitimate search for assertive and disruptive methods can and should proceed, but this must not be confused with vandalism and violence.’
    5. 1.5 (of an action) be carried on or continued.
      ‘as the excavation proceeds, the visible layers can be recorded and studied’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The litigation proceeded through pleadings, examinations for discovery and pre-trial hearings with great difficulty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As his analysis proceeds, Bartolini continually makes interesting and often unexpected connections.’
      • ‘But he denied reports on Chad's latest threat, saying bilateral co-operation continued to proceed.’
      • ‘In some cases, the excavation proceeded down as far as the natural ground.’
      • ‘I know the joint work between the Polish command and the Bulgarian contingent has been proceeding very well.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It did fall 12 votes short in the motion to proceed to continue the debate.’
      • ‘As the excavation proceeded, there turned out to be five swords.’
      • ‘The line of reasoning proceeds as follows: Science is a cumulative activity.’
      • ‘A poem generally starts along a continuum that proceeds from syllable to word to phrase to line to stanza.’
      • ‘Admission to the study proceeded in a staged manner.’
      • ‘The local environmental study could've been proceeding and they decided that it was to be a complete hold on it.’
      • ‘There will be further opportunities to view the house as dismantling continues and reconstruction proceeds at the new site.’
    6. 1.6 Originate 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.’
      • ‘All proceeded from a premise that equated modernization with Westernization.’
      • ‘The spirit of rebellion proceeded from the new world back to the old.’
      • ‘In the conduct of diplomacy, king and minister proceeded from different assumptions.’
      • ‘The observed linear behavior of the DNA extension with time was interpreted to mean growth proceeded from a single nucleus.’
      • ‘In assessing the global situation, Trotsky proceeded from the relationship between Europe and America.’
      • ‘But, to Toulmin, this act of homage proceeded from a delusion.’
      • ‘His three main goals proceeded from this principal objective.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sound that proceeded from Casey's mouth was something between a giggle and a snort.’
      • ‘All knowledge, he consistently maintained, proceeded from Scripture.’
      • ‘The fossil record shows the development of life-forms that have proceeded from simple to complex over geological time.’
      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’.