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Definition of procedure noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] procedure (for something) a way of doing something, especially the usual or correct way maintenance procedures emergency/safety/disciplinary procedures to follow normal/standard/accepted procedure Making a complaint is quite a simple procedure. The procedure for logging on to the network usually involves a password.
  2. 2[uncountable] the official or formal order or way of doing something, especially in business, law, or politics court/legal/parliamentary procedure
  3. 3[countable] (medical) a medical operation to perform a routine surgical procedure
adjective (formal) procedural rules
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: procedure