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Dictionary Definition



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" [syn: process]
2 a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work; "the operations in building a house"; "certain machine tool operations" [syn: operation]
3 a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program [syn: routine, subroutine, subprogram, function]
4 a mode of conducting legal and parliamentary proceedings

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A particular method for performing a task.
  2. A series of small tasks or step taken to accomplish an end.
  3. The set of established forms or methods of an organized body for accomplishing a certain task or tasks.
    Ensure that you follow procedure when accessing customers' personal information.
  4. The steps taken in an action or other legal proceeding.
    Gracious procedures. --I. Taylor.
  5. A subroutine or function coded to perform a specific task.



series of small tasks
  • Catalan: procediment
  • Dutch: procedure
  • French: procédure
  • Italian: procedura
  • Japanese: 手順, 手続き, 行程
  • Portuguese: procedimento
set of established forms or methods of an organized body
steps taken in a legal proceeding
  • Finnish: menettely, oikeudenkäyntimenettely, työjärjestys
computing: subroutine or function coded to perform a specific task



  1. Plural of procedura

Extensive Definition

A procedure is a specification of series of actions, acts or operations which have to be executed in the same manner in order to always obtain the same result in the same circumstances (for example, emergency procedures). Less precisely speaking, this word can indicate a sequence of activities, tasks, steps, decisions, calculations and processes, that when undertaken in the sequence laid down produces the described result, product or outcome. A procedure usually induces a change.
Procedure may also refer to:
procedure in Danish: factory Procedure
procedure in German: Prozedur
procedure in Spanish: proceso
procedure in Persian: روال
procedure in French: Procédure
procedure in Hebrew: שגרה
procedure in Dutch: Procedure
procedure in Japanese: プロシージャ
procedure in Russian: Процедура
procedure in Slovenian: BPM
procedure in Serbian: Процедура
procedure in Urdu: دستورالعمل

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