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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: procédure, from Old French proceder; PROCEED

procedure

noun
     
pro‧ce‧dure S3 W2 [uncountable and countable]
1 a way of doing something, especially the correct or usual way [↪ process]
procedure for
What's the procedure for applying for a visa?
correct/proper/normal etc procedure
This is standard procedure for getting rid of toxic waste.
legal/court/parliamentary etc procedures
All schools have disciplinary procedures they must follow.
On board, we were given the usual talk on safety procedures (=what to do if an accident happens, or to prevent an accident).
2 a medical treatment or operation:
Liposuction is a minor surgical procedure.

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