Definition of procedure noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈsiːdʒə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈsiːdʒər//
    Operations, Experiments and research
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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. See related entries: Experiments and research
  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 Wordfinderamputate, anaesthetic, graft, operation, procedure, scalpel, scrubs, stitch, surgery, transplant See related entries: Operations
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French procédure, from procéder, from Latin procedere, from pro- ‘forward’ + cedere ‘go’.Extra examples A straightforward complaints procedure must be established from the outset. All animal procedures were conducted in accordance with the recommendations. An attempt was made to standardize the procedure. Banks began to review their credit procedures. Did you follow the emergency procedure when you heard the alarm? He could no longer perform delicate procedures such as angioplasty. The pilots completed the emergency procedures. There are standard procedures for dismissing staff. This procedure is usually recommended only for children. Women who undergo the procedure may be unable to breastfeed. a formal procedure such as an audit a minor surgical procedure invasive surgical procedures the correct procedure for hiring staff the most popular cosmetic procedure in the nation the strict legal procedures for adoption the use of animals in experimental procedures under a procedure established by legislation Are the necessary emergency procedures and routines in place? He had not been aware of the correct procedure. If you consult a solicitor, making a will is a simple procedure. She explained the procedure for calling a Special General Meeting. They found the complex procedures bewildering and confusing. This is standard procedure after a suicide attempt.
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