• IPA: /pɹəˈsiːdɪŋ/
  1. present participle of proceed#English|proceed

proceeding (plural proceedings)

  1. The act of one who proceeds, or who prosecutes a design or transaction
  2. An event or happening; something that happens
    • 1919, Rita Wellman, The Wings of Desire
      He had often painted himself at a mirror, a tortuous and fascinating proceeding, as every artist knows, and had been forced to admire the way in which he was made.
    • 1836, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers Chapter 50
      It was with feelings of no small astonishment, when the carriage drew up before the door with the red lamp, and the very legible inscription of ‘Sawyer, late Nockemorf,’ that Mr. Pickwick saw, on popping his head out of the coach window, the boy in the gray livery very busily employed in putting up the shutters—the which, being an unusual and an unbusinesslike proceeding at that hour of the morning, at once suggested to his mind two inferences: the one, that some good friend and patient of Mr. Bob Sawyer’s was dead; the other, that Mr. Bob Sawyer himself was bankrupt.
  3. (always in plural) A published collection of papers presented at an academic conference, or representing the acts of a learned society.
  4. Progress or movement from one thing to another.
  5. A measure or step taken in a course of business; a transaction
    an illegal proceeding
    a cautious or a violent proceeding
    • 1848, Lord Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second
      The proceedings of the high commission.
  6. (legal) Any legal action, especially one that is not a lawsuit.
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