Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for proceed in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- (intransitive) To move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to carry on
- To proceed on a journey.
- (intransitive) To pass from one point, topic, or stage, to another.
- To proceed with a story or argument.
- (intransitive) To come from (have as the source or origin)
- Light proceeds from the sun.
- (intransitive) To go on in an orderly or regulated manner; to begin and carry on a series of acts or measures; to act methodically
- John Locke
- he that proceeds upon other Principles in his Enquiry
- John Locke
- (intransitive) To be transacted; to take place; to occur.
- He will, after his sour fashion, tell you / What hath proceeded worthy note to-day.
- (intransitive, of a rule) To be applicable or effective; to be valid.
- This rule only proceeds and takes place when a person can not of common law condemn another by his sentence.
- (law, intransitive) To begin and carry on a legal process. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- When used as a catenative verb, proceed takes the to infinitive (i.e. one says proceed to swing, not proceed swing). See Appendix:English catenative verbs.
- Not to be confused with precede.
- Many of the other English verbs ultimately derived from Latin cēdō are spelled ending in "cede", so the misspelling "procede" is common.
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- proceeds (noun)
- proceed in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- proceed in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913