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Definition of 'process'

Noun

  1. a particular course of action intended to achieve a result; "the procedure of obtaining a driver's license"; "it was a process of trial and error"
       Synonyms: procedure
  2. (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents; "the process of thinking"; "the cognitive operation of remembering"
       Synonyms: cognitive process mental process operation cognitive operation
  3. 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
       Synonyms: summons
  4. a mental process that you are not directly aware of; "the process of denial"
       Synonyms: unconscious process
  5. a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; "a bony process"
       Synonyms: outgrowth appendage
  6. a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"
       Synonyms: physical process

Verb

  1. deal with in a routine way; "I'll handle that one"; "process a loan"; "process the applicants"
  2. subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition; "process cheese"; "process hair"; "treat the water so it can be drunk"; "treat the lawn with chemicals" ; "treat an oil spill"
       Synonyms: treat
  3. perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information; "The results of the elections were still being processed when he gave his acceptance speech"
  4. institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"
       Synonyms: action sue litigate
  5. shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"
       Synonyms: work work on
  6. deliver a warrant or summons to someone; "He was processed by the sheriff"
       Synonyms: serve swear out
  7. march in a procession; "They processed into the dining room"
       Synonyms: march


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