pro|cess1 W1S2 [ˈprəuses US ˈpra:-] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: proces, from Latin processus, from procedere; PROCEED]
1.) a series of actions that are done in order to achieve a particular result
the Israeli-Egyptian peace process
Repetition can help the learning process.
process of
the process of economic change
slow/lengthy/laborious etc process
Getting fit again has been a long slow process.
the mental processes involved in decision-making
2.) a series of things that happen naturally and result in gradual change
process of
the natural process of evolution
Coal forms by a slow process of chemical change.
the digestive process
3.) be in the process of (doing) sth
to have started doing something and not yet be finished
The company is in the process of moving to new offices.
4.) be in process
if something is in process, it is happening now
There was an armed revolt in process.
5.) in the process
while you are doing something or something is happening
I spilt the coffee, burning myself in the process.
6.) process of elimination
a way of finding the right answer, the truth etc by gradually deciding that none of the other answers etc are possible
by (a) process of elimination
I solved the problem by a process of elimination.
7.) a method of making or producing goods
the car production process
Recycling is an industrial process.
process 2
process2 v [T]
1.) to make food, materials, or goods ready to be used or sold, for example by preserving or improving them in some way
Goats' cheese may be processed in many ways.
Two million workers are employed processing goods for electronic firms.
2.) to deal with an official document, request etc in the usual way
process an application/claim/transaction etc
All university applications are processed through this system.
3.) to deal with information using a computer
The new network will enable data to be processed more speedily.
4.) to print a picture from a photographic film
process 3
pro|cess3 [prəˈses] v [I always + adverb/preposition]
formal to walk or move along in a very slow and serious way, especially as part of a group

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