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Definition of proceed verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    proceed

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//prəˈsiːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈsiːd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they proceed
    BrE BrE//prəˈsiːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈsiːd//
     
    he / she / it proceeds
    BrE BrE//prəˈsiːdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈsiːdz//
     
    past simple proceeded
    BrE BrE//prəˈsiːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈsiːdɪd//
     
    past participle proceeded
    BrE BrE//prəˈsiːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈsiːdɪd//
     
    -ing form proceeding
    BrE BrE//prəˈsiːdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈsiːdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] proceed (with something) to continue doing something that has already been started; to continue being done We're not sure whether we still want to proceed with the sale. Work is proceeding slowly. He left detailed instructions about the best way to proceed.
  2. 2[intransitive] proceed to do something to do something next, after having done something else first synonym go on He outlined his plans and then proceeded to explain them in more detail. (humorous) Having said she wasn't hungry, she then proceeded to order a three-course meal.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (formal) to move or travel in a particular direction The marchers proceeded slowly along the street. Passengers for Rome should proceed to Gate 32 for boarding.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French proceder, from Latin procedere, from pro- ‘forward’ + cedere ‘go’.Extra examples I nodded and proceeded up the stairs. I will instruct my lawyer to proceed with the preparation of draft contracts. I will remember your advice and proceed accordingly. In some cases appeals may proceed directly from the High Court to the House of Lords. It will be necessary to proceed with caution. Jacob proceeded towards/​toward the steps. Proceed along the Botley Road. She decided not to proceed with the treatment. She proceeded back to her office. The council must proceed on the basis of the vote. These students then proceed out into the world to positions of leadership. This project cannot be allowed to proceed. With no more questions, he proceeded onward. Work is now proceeding apace. students who wish to proceed to college Passengers for Frankfurt should proceed to Gate 14. Turn right at the next junction and proceed through the village. We’re not sure whether we still want to proceed with the sale. Phrasal Verbsproceed against somebodyproceed from something
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