Meaning of PROCESS in English

I . *pro·cess

/ ˈprəʊses; NAmE ˈprɑːses; ˈproʊ-/ noun , verb

—see also process (II)

■ noun


a series of things that are done in order to achieve a particular result :

a consultation process

to begin the difficult process of reforming the education system

I'm afraid getting things changed will be a slow process.

mental processes

Coming off the drug was a long and painful (= difficult) process for him.

Find which food you are allergic to by a process of elimination .

We're in the process of selling our house.

I was moving some furniture and I twisted my ankle in the process (= while I was doing it) .

—see also peace process


a series of things that happen, especially ones that result in natural changes :

the ageing process

It's a normal part of the learning process .


a method of doing or making sth, especially one that is used in industry :

manufacturing processes

■ verb [ vn ]


to treat raw material, food, etc. in order to change it, preserve it, etc. :

Most of the food we buy is processed in some way.

processed cheese

I sent three rolls of film away to be processed.

a sewage processing plant


to deal officially with a document, request, etc. :

It will take a week for your application to be processed.


( computing ) to perform a series of operations on data in a computer

►  pro·cess·ing noun [ U ]:

the food processing industry

—see also data processing , word processing

II . pro·cess

/ prəˈses; NAmE / verb

[ v + adv. / prep. ] ( formal ) to walk or move along slowly in, or as if in, a procession

—see also process (I)



I . Middle English : from Old French proces , from Latin processus progression, course, from the verb procedere , from pro- forward + cedere go. Current senses of the verb date from the late 19th cent.

II . early 19th cent.: back-formation from procession .

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