1. To move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun; as, to proceed on a journey.
"If thou proceed in this thy insolence." -- Shak.
2. To pass from one point, topic, or stage, to another; as, to proceed with a story or argument.
3. To issue or come forth as from a source or origin; to come from; as, light proceeds from the sun.
"I proceeded forth and came from God." -- John viii. 42.
"It proceeds from policy, not love." -- Shak.
4. To go on in an orderly or regulated manner; to begin and carry on a series of acts or measures; to act by method; to prosecute a design.
"He that proceeds upon other principles in his inquiry." -- Locke.
5. To be transacted; to take place; to occur. [Obs.]
"He will, after his sour fashion, tell you What hath proceeded worthy note to-day." -- Shak.
6. To have application or effect; to operate.
"This rule only proceeds and takes place when a person can not of common law condemn another by his sentence." -- Ayliffe.
7. (Law) To begin and carry on a legal process.
Syn. -- To advance; go on; continue; progress; issue; arise; emanate.