Meaning of PROCESS in English

(~es, ~ing, ~ed)

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


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

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

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

N-COUNT: oft supp N, N of n


A ~ 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 ~...



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

The material will be ~ed into plastic pellets.

...diets high in refined and ~ed foods.

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

Process is also a noun.

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



America sent cotton to England for ~ing.

N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp


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

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


~ing ~ing...


see also word ~ing


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

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

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed


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

The administration is in the ~ 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 ~, 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 ~.

PHRASE: PHR with cl

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