Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
    it was a process of trial and error
  2. (noun, cognition) (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents
    the cognitive operation of remembering
  3. (noun, communication) a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant
  4. (noun, cognition) a mental process that you are not directly aware of
  5. (noun, body) a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant
  6. (noun, tops) a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states
    the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls
  7. (verb, change) subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
    process hair
    treat the water so it can be drunk
    treat the lawn with chemicals
    treat an oil spill
  8. (verb, social) deal with in a routine way
    process a loan
    process the applicants
  9. (verb, cognition) perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information
  10. (verb, social) institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
    She actioned the company for discrimination
  11. (verb, motion) march in a procession
  12. (verb, creation) shape, form, or improve a material
    process iron
    work the metal
  13. (verb, contact) deliver a warrant or summons to someone

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Alternate forms of Process

Derivations: process, processing, processor

Hyponyms: acromial process, acromion, acrosome, action, activity, aculea, aerate, agenise, agenize, air-condition, ala, alveolar arch, alveolar process, alveolar ridge, ammoniate, apophysis, appendix, arista, basic cognitive process, beneficiate, bertillon system, biological process, bituminise, bituminize, bromate, brominate, calculation, camphorate, carbonate, carboxylate, caruncle, caruncula, cecal appendage, chelation, chlorinate, chrome, chromosome mapping, cirrus, citation, cold work, coldwork, computation, computing, condensation, condition, condyle, coronoid process, countermarch, creosote, crest, curry, dealignment, debouch, decrease, decrement, defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction, defining, degeneration, development, devolution, diagnostic procedure, diagnostic technique, digest, dose, economic process, emergency procedure, eminence, enation, encapsulation, epicondyle, evolution, excrescence, execution, expedite, experimental condition, experimental procedure, fetlock, file, fimbria, fingerprinting, flagellum, fluoridate, fluoridise, fluoridize, formula, fume, fumigate, functioning, genetic fingerprinting, genetic profiling, goose step, growth, gum ridge, hair, higher cognitive process, horn, hot-work, human process, increase, increment, indirection, industrial process, instruction execution, iodise, iodize, irradiate, irreversible process, iteration, loop, looping, make over, malt, mapping, march out, mastoid, mastoid bone, mastoid process, mastoidal, medical procedure, mercerise, mercerize, metaphysis, modus operandi, monition, natural action, natural process, nitrate, nitrify, nitrogenise, nitrogenize, odontoid process, olecranon, olecranon process, operating procedure, operation, organic process, osteophyte, overwork, oxygenate, oxygenise, oxygenize, papilla, parade, performance, phenomenon, photography, plant process, process of monition, processing, processus coronoideus, promenade, propagate, pseudopod, pseudopodium, pterygoid process, rack, ray, refine, retread, reverberate, reversible process, rework, ridge, rigamarole, rigmarole, rinse, routine, rule, run, scald, seed, sensitisation, sensitization, shaping, sleep talking, somniloquism, somniloquy, spicule, spiculum, spine, stiffening, style, styloid process, subpoena, sulfur, sulphur, tail, tank, tentacle, ticket, till, tool, transverse process, trochanter, troop, tubercle, tuberosity, variation, vermiform appendix, vermiform process, villus, vulcanise, vulcanize, wash, zygomatic process

Hypernyms: activity, affect, bear on, bear upon, body part, calculate, care, challenge, cipher, cognition, compute, cypher, deal, deliver, figure, handle, impact, judicial writ, knowledge, manage, noesis, physical entity, reckon, touch, touch on, transform, transmute, transubstantiate, walk, work out, writ

Origin of the word Process

  1. early 14c., "fact of being carried on" (e.g. in process), from O.Fr. proces "journey" (13c.), from L. processus "process, advance, progress," from pp. stem of procedere "go forward" (see proceed). Meaning "course or method of action" is from mid-14c.; sense of "continuous series of actions meant to accomplish some result" (the main modern sense) is f… more

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