Meaning of PROCESS in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ proʊses, AM prɑ:ses ]

( processes, processing, processed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A process is a series of actions which are carried out in order to achieve a particular result.

There was total agreement to start the peace process as soon as possible...

The best way to proceed is by a process of elimination.

N-COUNT : oft supp N , N of n


A process is a series of things which happen naturally and result in a biological or chemical change.

It occurs in elderly men, apparently as part of the ageing process...



When raw materials or foods are processed , they are prepared in factories before they are used or sold. which are processed by freezing, canning or smoking...

The material will be processed into plastic pellets.

...diets high in refined and processed foods.

VERB : be V-ed , be V-ed into n , V-ed

Process is also a noun.

...the cost of re-engineering the production process.


• pro‧cess‧ing

America sent cotton to England for processing.

N-UNCOUNT : usu with supp


When people process information, they put it through a system or into a computer in order to deal with it.

...facilities to process the data, and the right to publish the results...

VERB : V n

• pro‧cess‧ing processing...

N-UNCOUNT : supp N

see also word processing


When people are processed by officials, their case is dealt with in stages and they pass from one stage of the process to the next.

Patients took more than two hours to be processed through the department.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed


If you are in the process of doing something, you have started to do it and are still doing it.

The administration is in the process of drawing up a peace plan...

PHRASE : V inflects , usu v-link PHR


If you are doing something and you do something else in the process , you do the second thing as part of doing the first thing.

You have to let us struggle for ourselves, even if we must die in the process.

PHRASE : PHR with cl

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