Meaning of “process” in the English Dictionary

"process" in British English

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processnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈprəʊ.ses/ us /ˈprɑː.ses/

B2 a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result:

the peace process
Increasing the number of women in top management jobs will be a slow process.
This decision may delay the process of European unification.
The party has begun the painful (= difficult) process of rethinking its policies and strategy.
Going to court to obtain compensation is a long process.
She arrived at the correct answer 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 happen naturally:

the digestive process
the ageing process
It's all part of the learning process.

a method of producing goods in a factory by treating natural substances:

They have developed a new process for extracting aluminium from bauxite.

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uk /ˈprəʊ.ses/ us /ˈprɑː.ses/

process verb (DEAL WITH)

B2 [ T ] to deal with documents in an official way:

Visa applications take 28 days to process.

[ T ] If a computer processes information, it performs a particular series of operations on the information, such as a set of calculations.

[ T ] to think about a difficult or sad situation so that you can gradually accept it:

Returning soldiers need time to process what they have experienced in combat.

[ T ] to make pictures from photographic film:

I need to get those films processed.

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process verb (WALK)

us uk /prəˈses/ [ I + adv/prep ] mainly UK formal to walk slowly:

We watched them process down the aisle.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈprəʊ.ses.ɪŋ/ us /ˈprɑː.ses.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 events performed to make something or achieve a particular result, or a series of changes that happen naturally:

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 removing asbestos.

processverb [ T ]

us /ˈprɑs·es, ˈproʊ·ses/

to deal with something according to a particular set of actions:

Your insurance claim will take about a month to process.

If a computer processes information, it performs a series of operations on it.

To process food or raw materials is to prepare, change, or treat them as part of an industrial operation.

(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 right even if it means delaying the project start date.
consultation/decision-making/planning process The role offers the opportunity to be a part of the company's decision-making process.
complete/finish/start a process
improve/speed up/streamline a process

PRODUCTION a method of producing goods in a particular industry:

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 main supplier means 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 raw materials, for example by adding chemicals or other substances to them, as part of the production of goods:

The two new oil refineries 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 digital image files.

(Definition of “process” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)