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procedure definition


This page has 10 definitions of procedure with English translations in 4 languages. Procedure is a noun. Examples of how to use procedure in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: procédure

English procedure definition


From French procédure, from Old French, from Latin procedere (to go forward, proceed); see proceed.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹəˈsiːdʒə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /pɹəˈsidʒɚ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pro‧ced‧ure


procedure (countable and uncountable, plural procedures)

  1. A particular method for performing a task.
    • 2014 June 14, “It's a gas”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8891:
      One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers has probably saved more lives than any medical procedure except vaccination.
  2. A series of small tasks or steps taken to accomplish an end.
  3. (uncountable) The set of established forms or methods of an organized body for accomplishing a certain task or tasks.
    Ensure that you follow procedure when accessing customers' personal information.
  4. The steps taken in an action or other legal proceeding.
  5. (obsolete) That which results; issue; product.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  6. (computing) A subroutine or function coded to perform a specific task.
  7. (medicine) A surgical operation.



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Dutch procedure definition


Borrowed from Middle French procedure.


  • IPA(key): /ˌproːsəˈdyːrə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pro‧ce‧du‧re
  • Rhymes: -yːrə


procedure f (plural procedures)

  1. procedure

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Italian procedure definition


procedure f

  1. plural of procedura

Old French procedure definition


procedure f (oblique plural procedures, nominative singular procedure, nominative plural procedures)

  1. procedure (particular method for performing a task)

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