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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.