pro·ceed (prō-sēd, prə-)
intr.v. pro·ceed·ed, pro·ceed·ing, pro·ceeds
1. To go forward or onward, especially after an interruption; continue: proceeded to his destination; paused to clear her throat, then proceeded.
2. To begin to carry on an action or a process: looked surprised, then proceeded to roar with laughter.
3. To move on in an orderly manner: Business proceeded as usual.
4. To come from a source; originate or issue: behavior proceeding from hidden motives. See Synonyms at stem1.
5. Law To institute and pursue legal action: proceeded against the defaulting debtor.
pl.n. pro·ceeds (prōsēdz′)
The amount of money derived from a commercial or fundraising venture; the yield.
[Middle English proceden, from Old French proceder, from Latin prōcēdere : prō-, forward; see PRO-1 + cēdere, to go; see ked- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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