Meaning of “proceed” in the English Dictionary

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"proceed" in British English

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proceedverb [ I ]

uk /prəˈsiːd/ us /proʊˈsiːd/

C1 to continue as planned:

His lawyers have decided not to proceed with the case.
Preparations for the festival are now proceeding smoothly.
proceed to do sth

C2 to do something after you have done something else:

She sat down and proceeded to tell me about her skiing holiday.
humorous He told me he was on a diet and then proceeded to eat a plateful of chips!

formal to move forward or travel in a particular direction:

Passengers for Madrid should proceed to gate 26 for boarding.

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  • We need to think about how to proceed from here.
  • You should proceed with caution.
  • The suspect alighted from the train at Euston and proceeded to Heathrow.
  • He proceeded to relieve himself against a tree.
  • Should you decide to proceed with the treatment you will be contacted by the hospital.

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(Definition of “proceed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"proceed" in American English

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proceedverb [ I ]

us /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” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"proceed" in Business English

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proceedverb [ I ]

uk /prəʊˈsiːd/ us

to continue as planned:

The merger is proceeding according to schedule and should be complete by July.
proceed with sth It is not yet clear whether the private investor has decided to proceed with a formal bid for the budget airline.
proceed carefully/quickly/slowly

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