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English definition of “proceed”


verb [I]    /prəˈsid, proʊ-/
to start or continue an action or process: The building project is proceeding smoothly. You should ask a lawyer for advice on how to proceed. To proceed is also to move forward or travel in a particular direction: The warning signs said "Proceed with caution."
(Definition of proceed verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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