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"process" in British English

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processnoun [C]

uk   /ˈprəʊ.ses/  us   /ˈprɑː-/
B2 a ​series of ​actions that you take in ​order to ​achieve a ​result: the ​peace process Increasing the ​number of women in ​topmanagementjobs will be a ​slow process. This ​decision may ​delay the process ofEuropeanunification. The ​party has ​begun the painful (= ​difficult) process of ​rethinkingitspolicies and ​strategy. Going to ​court to ​obtaincompensation is a ​long process. She ​arrived at the ​correctanswer by a process of ​elimination (= by ​deciding against each ​answer that was ​unlikely to be ​correct until only one was ​left).B2 a ​series of ​changes that ​happennaturally: the ​digestive process the ​ageing process It's all ​part of the ​learning process. a ​method of ​producinggoods in a ​factory by ​treatingnaturalsubstances: They have ​developed a new process for ​extractingaluminium from ​bauxite.

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processverb

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  • process verb (DEAL WITH)

B2 uk   /ˈprəʊ.ses/  us   /ˈprɑː-/ [T] to ​deal with ​documents in an ​official way: Visa ​applications take 28 ​days to process. uk   /ˈprəʊ.ses/  us   /ˈprɑː-/ [T] If a ​computer processes ​information, it ​performs a ​particularseries of ​operations on the ​information, such as a set of ​calculations. uk   us   [T] to ​prepare, ​change, or ​treatfood or ​naturalsubstances as a ​part of an ​industrialoperation: a ​waste processing ​plant uk   us   [T] to make ​pictures from ​photographicfilm: I need to get those ​films processed.

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processing
noun [U] uk   us   /-ɪŋ/
data processing
(Definition of process from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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processnoun [C]

 us   /ˈprɑs·es, ˈproʊ·ses/
a ​series of ​actions or ​eventsperformed to make something or ​achieve a ​particularresult, or a ​series of ​changes that ​happennaturally: Completing his ​degree at ​night was a ​long process. Graying ​hair is ​part of the ​aging process. We are still in the process of redecorating the ​house (= ​working to ​decorate it). A process is also a ​method of doing or making something, as in ​industry: A new process has been ​developed for ​removingasbestos.

processverb [T]

 us   /ˈprɑs·es, ˈproʊ·ses/
to ​deal with something ​according to a ​particular set of ​actions: Yourinsuranceclaim will take about a ​month to process. If a ​computer processes ​information, it ​performs a ​series of ​operations on it. To process ​food or ​rawmaterials is to ​prepare, ​change, or ​treat them as ​part of an ​industrialoperation.
(Definition of process from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"process" in Business English

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processnoun [C]

uk   /ˈprəʊses/  us   /ˈprɑːses/
a ​series of ​actions that are needed in ​order to do something or ​achieve a ​result: Management ​recognizes it is important to get the process ​righteven if it ​means delaying the ​projectstartdate.consultation/decision-making/planning process The role ​offers the ​opportunity to be a ​part of the company's decision-making process. approval/​evaluation/​inspection process complete/​finish/​start a process a disciplinary/​hiring/​selection process improve/​speed up/​streamline a process
PRODUCTION a ​method of ​producinggoods in a particular ​industry: anindustrial/​manufacturing/​production process
be in the process of doing sth to have ​started doing something: We're in the process of ​reviewing the court's decision and ​evaluating our ​response.
in the process if something is ​happening, and something else ​happens in the process, the second thing ​happens as a ​result of the first: A clash with their ​mainsuppliermeans they won't be able to ​honour their ​contracts and will ​lose millions of ​pounds in the process.

processverb [T]

uk   /ˈprəʊses/  us   /ˈprɑːses/
PRODUCTION to ​change rawmaterials, for ​example by ​addingchemicals or other substances to them, as ​part of the ​production of ​goods: The two new ​oilrefineries will be able to process 250,000 ​barrels of ​crude a day.
to ​deal with ​documents in an ​official way: process applications/claims/orders Insurance ​claims may take up to 30 days to process.
IT if a ​computer processes ​data, it uses a set of ​instructions to ​organize it and ​produce a particular ​result: A ​bug in the ​system was preventing it from processing ​digitalimagefiles.
(Definition of process from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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