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verb [intransitive]     proceed pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleproceeding
past tenseproceeded
past participleproceeded
  1. 1
    formal to continue to happen

    These negotiations had been proceeding since the late 1960s.

    1. a.
      used about something that you continue doing, usually something that you might have stopped doing

      We have been advised by the legal team to proceed cautiously.

      proceed with:

      The council is proceeding with its plan to move the stadium.

  2. 2
    formal to go in a particular direction

    Passengers for flight 406 to New York should proceed to Gate 32.

    The main road proceeds north for another two miles.

  3. 3
    used for telling other people about a surprising, embarrassing, or annoying thing that someone has done
    proceed to do something:

    She had a few beers and proceeded to tell everyone in the bar about our personal problems.

  4. 4
    to make progress by moving to the next stage in a series of actions or events
    proceed to:

    The Australian team will proceed to the quarterfinals.

    We would like your input before we proceed to the final stage of planning.

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