Pro·ceed v. i. [imp. & p. p. Proceeded; p. pr. & vb. n. Proceeding.]
1. To move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun; as, to proceed on a journey.
If thou proceed in this thy insolence. --Shak.
2. To pass from one point, topic, or stage, to another; as, to proceed with a story or argument.
3. To issue or come forth as from a source or origin; to come from; as, light proceeds from the sun.
I proceeded forth and came from God. --John viii. 42.
It proceeds from policy, not love. --Shak.
4. To go on in an orderly or regulated manner; to begin and carry on a series of acts or measures; to act by method; to prosecute a design.
He that proceeds upon other principles in his inquiry. --Locke.
5. To be transacted; to take place; to occur. [Obs.]
He will, after his sour fashion, tell you
What hath proceeded worthy note to-day. --Shak.
6. To have application or effect; to operate.
This rule only proceeds and takes place when a person can not of common law condemn another by his sentence. --Ayliffe.
7. Law To begin and carry on a legal process.
Syn: -- To advance; go on; continue; progress; issue; arise; emanate.
1. The act of one who proceeds, or who prosecutes a design or transaction; progress or movement from one thing to another; a measure or step taken in a course of business; a transaction; as, an illegal proceeding; a cautious or a violent proceeding.
The proceedings of the high commission. --Macaulay.
2. pl. Law The course of procedure in the prosecution of an action at law.
Proceedings of a society, the published record of its action, or of things done at its meetings.
Syn: -- Procedure; measure; step, See Transaction.
n : (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal
judgments are invoked [syn: legal proceeding, proceedings]