proceed Definition

  • 1to continue doing something that has already been started
  • 2to move forward or travel in a particular direction

Using proceed: Examples

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

  • Example

    The meeting will proceed as planned.

  • Example

    Please proceed to the gate for boarding.

  • Example

    The investigation is proceeding slowly.

  • Example

    He proceeded to tell me about his day.

proceed Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for proceed

Antonyms for proceed

Idioms Using proceed

  • let's proceed

    let's continue with what we were doing


    After a brief interruption, the teacher said, 'Let's proceed.'

  • proceed at a snail's pace

    to move very slowly


    Due to the heavy traffic, we were proceeding at a snail's pace.

  • to succeed or perform very well


    She proceeded with flying colors on her final exams.

Phrases with proceed

  • to continue doing something, but carefully and with awareness of potential risks or dangers


    He decided to proceed with caution after hearing about the dangerous conditions.

  • to start doing something after finishing something else


    After finishing her homework, she proceeded to watch TV.

  • proceeds of a sale

    the money received from selling something


    The proceeds of the charity auction will go towards helping the homeless.

Origins of proceed

from Old French 'proceder', from Latin 'procedere', meaning 'go forward'


Summary: proceed in Brief

The verb 'proceed' [prəˈsiːd] means to continue doing something that has already been started or to move forward in a particular direction. It can be used in various contexts such as meetings, investigations, and conversations. The phrase 'proceed with caution' implies carefulness and awareness of potential risks, while 'proceeds of a sale' refers to the money received from selling something. Idioms like 'let's proceed' and 'proceed at a snail's pace' denote continuing with what was being done and moving very slowly, respectively.

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