Definition for PRO-CEED', or PRO-CEDE'

PRO-CEED', or PRO-CEDE', v.i. [Fr. Sp. and Port. proceder; It. procedere; from L. procedo; pro, forward, and cedo, to move. The more correct orthography is procede, in analogy with precede, concede, recede, procedure.]

  1. To move, pass or go forward from one place to another; applied to persons or things. A man proceeds on his journey; a ship proceeds on her voyage. This word thus used implies that the motion, journey or voyage had been previously commenced, and to proceed is then to renew or continue the motion or progress.
  2. To pass from one point, stage or topic to another. The preacher proceeds from one division of his subject, and the advocate from one argument to another.
  3. To issue or come as from a source or fountain. Light proceeds from the sun; vice proceeds from a depraved heart; virtuous affections proceed from God.
  4. To come from a person or place. Christ says, “I proceeded forth and came from God.” – John viii.
  5. To prosecute any design. He that proceeds on other principles in his inquiry into any sciences, posts himself in a party. – Locke.
  6. To be transacted or carried on. He will, after his sour fashion, tell you, / What hath proceeded worthy note to-day. – Shak. [Not now in use.]
  7. To make progress; to advance. – Milton.
  8. To begin and carry on a series of actions or measures. The attorney was at a loss in what manner to proceed against the offender. In this sense the word is often followed by against.
  9. To transact; to act; to carry on methodically. From them I will not hide / My judgments, how with mankind I proceed. – Milton.
  10. To have a course. This role only proceeds and takes place, when a person can not of common law condemn another by his sentence. – Ayliffe.
  11. To issue; to be produced or propagated. From my loins thou shalt proceed. – Milton.
  12. To be produced by an effectual cause. All created things proceed from God. – Milton.

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