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  1. pro·ceed
    IPA[prəˈsēd]
  2. verb

    • 1. begin or continue a course of action:

      we can proceed with our investigation
      Synonym : begin, make a start, get going, move, set something in motion, take action, act, go on, take steps, take measures, go ahead, make progress, make headway, go ahead, carry on, go on, continue, keep on, get on, get ahead, pursue, prosecute
    • 2. move forward, especially after reaching a certain point:

      the ship could proceed to Milwaukee
      Synonym : go, make one's way, advance, move, move forward, move along, progress, carry on, press on, push on
    • 3. do something as a natural or seemingly inevitable next step:

      opposite the front door was a staircase, which I proceeded to climb
    • 4. start a lawsuit against someone:

      he may still be able to proceed against the contractor under the common law negligence rules
      Synonym : take to court, start proceedings against, take proceedings against, begin an action against, start an action against, sue
    • 5. (of an action) be started:

      negotiations must proceed without delay
    • 6. (of an action) be carried on or continued:

      as the excavation proceeds, the visible layers can be recorded and studied
    • 7. originate from:

      his claim that all power proceeded from God
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: proceed, 3rd person present: proceeds, gerund or present participle: proceeding, past tense: proceeded, past participle: proceeded

    • verb

      begin a course of action:

      do something after something else:

    • plural

      money obtained from an event or activity:
    • plural

      money obtained from an event or activity:
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