proceeding

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proceeding

  1. present participle of proceed

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proceeding (plural proceedings)

  1. The act of one who proceeds, or who prosecutes a design or transaction
  2. (especially in plural) 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, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers Chapter 50
      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. The collection of academic papers published in the context of an academic conference
  4. Progress or movement from one thing to another.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity:
      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
    • Macaulay
      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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.