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Meaning & Definition of Process in English

English

Process

/prɑsɛs/

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"
    synonym:
  • procedure
  • ,
  • process

2. (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity

  • An operation that affects mental contents
  • "The process of thinking"
  • "The cognitive operation of remembering"
    synonym:
  • process
  • ,
  • 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
    synonym:
  • summons
  • ,
  • process

4. A mental process that you are not directly aware of

  • "The process of denial"
    synonym:
  • process
  • ,
  • unconscious process

5. A natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant

  • "A bony process"
    synonym:
  • process
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • process
  • ,
  • physical process

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • process
  • ,
  • treat

2. Deal with in a routine way

  • "I'll handle that one"
  • "Process a loan"
  • "Process the applicants"
    synonym:
  • process

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"
    synonym:
  • process

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"
    synonym:
  • action
  • ,
  • sue
  • ,
  • litigate
  • ,
  • process

5. March in a procession

  • "They processed into the dining room"
    synonym:
  • march
  • ,
  • process

6. Shape, form, or improve a material

  • "Work stone into tools"
  • "Process iron"
  • "Work the metal"
    synonym:
  • work
  • ,
  • work on
  • ,
  • process

7. Deliver a warrant or summons to someone

  • "He was processed by the sheriff"
    synonym:
  • serve
  • ,
  • process
  • ,
  • swear out

Examples of using

"Why me?" "Because, by process of elimination, there was no other choice."
It's a very simple process.
Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.