procedure Definition

  • 1an established or official way of doing something
  • 2a medical operation

Using procedure: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "procedure" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The procedure for applying to the university is straightforward.

  • Example

    The doctor will perform a surgical procedure on her knee.

  • Example

    The company has implemented new procedures for handling customer complaints.

procedure Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for procedure

Idioms Using procedure

  • go through the proper channels

    follow the correct procedures or hierarchy when making a request or complaint


    If you want to file a complaint, you need to go through the proper channels.

  • in accordance with established rules or procedures


    The police officer followed the protocol by the book.

  • cut corners

    to do something in the easiest, quickest, or cheapest way, often by ignoring rules or leaving out important parts


    We can't cut corners on safety procedures.

Phrases with procedure

  • a set of step-by-step instructions compiled by an organization to help workers carry out complex routine operations


    The company's SOP for handling customer complaints has been updated.

  • fair treatment through the normal judicial system, especially as a citizen's entitlement


    The accused has the right to due process under the law.

  • the perceived fairness of the processes and procedures used to make decisions


    The employees were satisfied with the procedural justice of the promotion process.

Origins of procedure

from Old French 'proceder', meaning 'to proceed'


Summary: procedure in Brief

The term 'procedure' [prəˈsiːdʒə(r)] refers to an established or official way of doing something, such as applying to a university or handling customer complaints. It can also refer to a medical operation, like a surgical procedure. Phrases like 'standard operating procedure' and 'due process' are common, and idioms like 'go through the proper channels' and 'by the book' denote following established rules. 'Cut corners' is an idiom that means to ignore rules or leave out important parts.

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