• (RP) IPA: /ˈpɹəʊsɛs/
  • (GA, Canada) enPR prŏʹsĕs', IPA: /ˈpɹɑˌsɛs/, /ˈpɹoʊˌsɛs/

process (plural processes)

  1. A series of events which produce a result (the product).
    This product of last month's quality standards committee is quite good, even though the process was flawed.
  2. (manufacturing) A set of procedures used to produce a product, most commonly in the food and chemical industries.
    • 1960, Mack Tyner, Process Engineering Calculations: Material and Energy Balances – Ordinarily a process plant will use a steam boiler to supply its process heat requirements and to drive a steam-turbine generator.
    • 1987, J. R. Richards, Principles of control system design in Modelling and control of fermentation processes – The words plant or process infer generally any dynamic system, be it primarily mechanical, electrical, or chemical process in nature, and may extend also to include social or economic systems.
  3. A path of succession of states through which a system passes.
  4. (anatomy) Successive physiological responses to keep or restore health.
  5. (legal) Documents issued by a court in the course of a lawsuit or action at law, such as a summons, mandate, or writ.
    • 1711, John Spotiswood, The Form of Process ↗, 39:
      But if either at Calling by the Clerk, after the Session Bell, or before the Ordinary by the Roll, an Advocat compears, and craves to be Marked for the Defender, and to see the Process; The Clerk in the first Case, and the Judge in the second, will allow him to see it
  6. (biology) An outgrowth of tissue or cell.
  7. (anatomy) A structure that arises above a surface.
  8. (computing) An executable task or program.
  9. The centre mark that players aim at in the game of squails.
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process (processes, present participle processing; past and past participle processed)

  1. (transitive) To perform a particular process on a thing.
  2. (transitive) To retrieve, store, classify, manipulate, transmit etc. (data, signals, etc.), especially using computer techniques.
    We have processed the data using our proven techniques, and have come to the following conclusions.
  3. (transitive, figurative) To think about a piece of information, or a concept, in order to assimilate it, and perhaps accept it in a modified state.
    I didn't know she had a criminal record. That will take me a while to process.
  4. (transitive, photography, film) To develop photographic film.
  5. (transitive, legal) To take legal proceedings against.
    • 1845, Report from Her Majesty's Commissioners of inquiry into the state of the law and practice in respect to the occupation of land in Ireland
      When I saw that he would not let me alone, I processed him for £12. My mother was with his brother John, and he allowed her six guineas for clothes; and if she did not want the money, he would allow it to me in the rent, and I made him pay that when he would not leave me alone.
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  • (RP, GA, Canada) enPR: prə-sĕsʹ, IPA: /pɹəˈsɛs/

process (processes, present participle processing; past and past participle processed)

  1. To walk in a procession
  • Italian: processionare

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