Meaning of “processed” in the English Dictionary

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"processed" in American English

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processedadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈprɑs·est, ˈproʊ·sest/

(of food) treated with chemicals that preserve it or give it extra taste or color:

processed cheese/meat

(Definition of “processed” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"processed" in Business English

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processedadjective

uk /ˈprəʊsest/ us /ˈprɑːsest/

used to describe food to which chemicals have been added that make it last longer or give it extra taste or colour:

processed cheese/food/meat, etc. Increases in fuel prices translate to higher prices for processed foods.

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