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

        

    process1

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈprəʊses//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːses//
     
    , NAmE//ˈproʊses//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they process
    BrE BrE//ˈprəʊses//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːses//
     
    , NAmE//ˈproʊses//
     
    he / she / it processes
    BrE BrE//ˈprəʊsesɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːsesɪz//
     
    , NAmE//ˈproʊsesɪz//
     
    past simple processed
    BrE BrE//ˈprəʊsest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːsest//
     
    , NAmE//ˈproʊsest//
     
    past participle processed
    BrE BrE//ˈprəʊsest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːsest//
     
    , NAmE//ˈproʊsest//
     
    -ing form processing
    BrE BrE//ˈprəʊsesɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːsesɪŋ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈproʊsesɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  process something to treat raw material, food, etc. in order to change it, preserve it, etc. Most of the food we buy is processed in some way. processed cheese I sent three rolls of film away to be processed.
  2. 2process something to deal officially with a document, request, etc. It will take a week for your application to be processed.
  3. 3 process something (computing) to perform a series of operations on data in a computer
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French proces, from Latin processus ‘progression, course’, from the verb procedere, from pro- ‘forward’ + cedere ‘go’. Current senses of the verb date from the late 19th cent.Extra examples It was a second later when I fully processed what he had said. My brain slowly processed the fact that I was free to leave. The berries are processed into juice or sauce. The image is processed digitally by computer software. The plant is then processed for dye. highly processed foods properly processed black-and-white photographs tobacco specially processed to reduce nicotine They are aiming to increase production from the meat processing plant. They use processed cheese in their cheeseburgers. When food is processed, many of the nutrients are stripped away.
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