1. [ verb ] deal with in a routine way

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

Related terms: manage procedure
2. [ verb ] subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
Synonyms: treat

"process cheese" "process hair" "treat the water so it can be drunk" "treat the lawn with chemicals" "treat an oil spill"

Related terms: affect run dose digest sulphur irradiate nitrate propagate creosote chlorinate tank fluoridate carbonate camphorate reverberate refine malt oxygenate winnow carboxylate vulcanize chrome bituminize scald agenize curry bromate seed beneficiate ammoniate mercerize iodize fumigate air-condition nitrify treatment processing
3. [ noun ] a particular course of action intended to achieve a results
Synonyms: procedure

"the procedure of obtaining a driver's license" "it was a process of trial and error"

Related terms: activity routine condition calculation stiffening operating_procedure indirection fingerprinting rule mapping diagnostic_procedure emergency_procedure Bertillon_system rigmarole experimental_procedure medical_procedure genetic_fingerprinting work
4. [ verb ] (mathematics) 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"

Related terms: calculate central_processing_unit
5. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: phenomenon development natural_process operation increase processing degeneration shaping dealignment adiabatic_process economic_process reversible_process encapsulation decrease chelation uptake iteration irreversible_process preservation looping execution industrial_process human_process photomechanics organic_process sensitisation photography
6. [ verb ] (law) institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
Synonyms: sue action litigate

"He was warned that the district attorney would process him" "She actioned the company for discrimination"

Related terms: challenge expedite litigate legal_action summons petitioner
7. [ noun ] (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents
Synonyms: operation cognitive_operation act mental_process cognitive_process

"the process of thinking" "the cognitive operation of remembering"

Related terms: cognition basic_cognitive_process higher_cognitive_process psychology
8. [ verb ] shape, form, or improve a material
Synonyms: work work_on

"work stone into tools" "process iron" "work the metal"

Related terms: transform rework overwork coldwork rack till tool shape
9. [ verb ] deliver a warrant or summons to someone
Synonyms: serve swear_out

"He was processed by the sheriff"

Related terms: deliver subpoena summons
10. [ verb ] march in a procession
Synonyms: march

"They processed into the dining room"

Related terms: walk file parade countermarch goose_step debouch march
11. [ noun ] (law,writing) 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
Synonyms: summons
Related terms: writ citation ticket monition law summon
12. [ noun ] a mental process that you are not directly aware of
Synonyms: unconscious_process

"the process of denial"

Related terms: cognition condensation defense transference
13. [ noun ] (zoology) a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant
Synonyms: appendage outgrowth

"a bony process"

Related terms: body_part tail horn horn spine style acromion aculea villus flagellum pseudopod apophysis papilla fetlock tuberosity transverse_process ala alveolar_arch alveolar_ridge acrosome caruncle condyle appendix spicule mastoid papilla tentacle styloid_process pterygoid_process arista cirrus zygomatic_process hair odontoid_process metaphysis excrescence coronoid_process epicondyle fimbria osteophyte trochanter olecranon ridge plant_process cercus crest
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