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  • IPA(key): /pɹəˈsiːdɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -iːdɪŋ



  1. present participle and gerund of proceed


proceeding (plural proceedings)

  1. The act of one who proceeds, or who prosecutes a design or transaction
  2. An event or happening; something that happens
    • 1919, Rita Wellman, The Wings of Desire:
      He had often painted himself at a mirror, a tortuous and fascinating proceeding, as every artist knows, and had been forced to admire the way in which he was made.
    • 1836 March – 1837 October, Charles Dickens, chapter 50, in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, London: Chapman and Hall, [], published 1837, →OCLC:
      It was with feelings of no small astonishment, when the carriage drew up before the door with the red lamp, and the very legible inscription of ‘Sawyer, late Nockemorf,’ that Mr. Pickwick saw, on popping his head out of the coach window, the boy in the gray livery very busily employed in putting up the shutters—the which, being an unusual and an unbusinesslike proceeding at that hour of the morning, at once suggested to his mind two inferences: the one, that some good friend and patient of Mr. Bob Sawyer’s was dead; the other, that Mr. Bob Sawyer himself was bankrupt.
  3. (always in plural) A published collection of papers presented at an academic conference, or representing the acts of a learned society.
  4. Progress or movement from one thing to another.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter II, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.
  5. A measure or step taken in a course of business; a transaction
    an illegal proceeding
    a cautious or a violent proceeding
    • 1848, Lord Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second:
      The proceedings of the high commission.
  6. (law) Any legal action, especially one that is not a lawsuit.


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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 proceeding”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)