processpro‧cess1 /ˈprəʊses $ ˈprɑː-/ ●●●S1W1AWL noun [countable]1ORDER/SEQUENCEa series of actions that are done in order to achieve a particular resultthe Israeli–Egyptian peace processRepetition can help the learning process.process ofthe process of economic changeslow/lengthy/laborious etc processGetting fit again has been a long slow process.the mental processes involved in decision-making2ORDER/SEQUENCEa series of things that happen naturally and result in gradual changeprocess ofthe natural process of evolutionCoal forms by a slow process of chemical change.the digestive process3 →be in the process of (doing) something4 →be in process5 →in the process6 →process of elimination7TIa method of making or producing goodsthe car production processRecycling is an industrial process. →due processCOLLOCATIONS – Meanings 1 & 2ADJECTIVES/NOUN + processslowCollecting the data is a slow process.long/lengthyTry to be patient through the long process of healing.laborious (=taking a lot of time and effort)The copying of manuscripts was a laborious process.complexGetting a visa can be a complex process.a natural processBirth is a natural process.a formal processA decision will only be taken after a formal consultation process.a mental processCats have different mental processes from dogs.the learning processThe student is actively involved in the learning process.the peace processThey are frustrated with the lack of progress in the peace process.the decision-making processNot all staff can participate in the decision-making process.a selection processAn interview normally forms part of the selection process.verbsgo through a process (also undergo a process formal) (=experience a process)A lot of companies are going through a process of change.The system underwent a process of simplification.take part in a process (also participate in a process)We encourage our clients to participate in the process at every stage.
processprocess2 ●●○AWL verb [transitive]1DFNto make food, materials, or goods ready to be used or sold, for example by preserving or improving them in some wayGoats’ cheese may be processed in many ways.Two million workers are employed processing goods for electronic firms.2DEAL WITHto deal with an official document, request etc in the usual wayprocess an application/claim/transaction etcAll university applications are processed through this system.► see thesaurus at deal3TDto deal with information using a computerThe new network will enable data to be processed more speedily.4TCPto print a picture from a photographicfilm →data processing, word processor→ See Verb table
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process• The milk must be maintained at this temperature until it is processed.• You should allow two weeks for your visa application to be processed.• The smelly and difficult business of processing and printing was placed, conveniently out of sight, in the factory.• Slides were subsequently processed as for tissuesections.• Such information is often laboriously collected by literature-searching and is conventionally processed as text.• Unless you desire the whitest possible loaf, unbleached flour is processed less and certainly white enough for white bread.• Computers have given banks the power to process millions of transactions a day.• The expanding use of automation may make analysts more productive, allowing them to process more data in less time.• That is, until the next day when I started to use the word processingprogram.• Distillersscrambled to develop processing techniques that would allow them to carve out their own niches.• It will take four to six weeks to process your loan application.process an application/claim/transaction etc• Local sheriffs and police departments then have up to six months to process applications.• Some paradigms are intended especially for signalprocessing applications.• In London, the Home Office confirmed that it was processing applications for leave to remain on behalf of the three.processpro‧cess3 /prəˈses/ verb [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]LINE formal to walk or move along in a very slow and serious way, especially as part of a group→ See Verb tableFrom Longman Business Dictionaryprocesspro‧cess1 /ˈprəʊsesˈprɑː-/ noun1[countable] a series of actions taken to perform a particular task or achieve a particular resultsimpler design and manufacturing processesIndustry executives said ABC’s plans would slow down the process.the union’s disciplinary and electoral processes →due process2be in the process of doing something to have started doing something that is not yet finishedGeneral Motors is in the process of beginning discussions with potential partners.processprocess2 verb [transitive]1MANUFACTURING to change a substance as part of the manufacture of a productThe refineries are processing 1.4 million barrels of crude oil a day.The paper will be processed from pineapple and banana leaves.2to deal with a document in the usual wayThe service was started to help process copyright permissions more rapidly.The Securities Industry Automation Corp. processes stock quotations from the major exchanges.3COMPUTING if a computer processes information, figures etc, it uses them to produce a particular resultthe accounts are processed by the Systems Union Sun Account system.facilities for changing, deleting and processing data → see alsocentral processing unit→ See Verb table