(1)   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"
(2)   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"
(3)   A natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant
"A bony process"
(4)   (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents
"The process of thinking"
"The cognitive operation of remembering"
(5)   A mental process that you are not directly aware of
"The process of denial"
(6)   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


(7)   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"
(8)   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"
(9)   Deliver a warrant or summons to someone
"He was processed by the sheriff"
(10)   Shape, form, or improve a material
"Work stone into tools"
"Process iron"
"Work the metal"
(11)   March in a procession
"They processed into the dining room"
(12)   Deal with in a routine way
"I'll handle that one"
"Process a loan"
"Process the applicants"
(13)   Institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
"He was warned that the district attorney would process him"
"She actioned the company for discrimination"

Etymology 1

From , from , past participle of


  1. A series of events to produce a result, especially as contrasted to product.
    This product of last month's quality standards committee is quite good, even though the process was flawed.
  2. The act of serving a defendant with a summons or a writ.
  3. An outgrowth of tissue.
  4. A task or program that is or was executing.
  5. A set of procedures used to produce a product, most commonly in the food and chemical industries.
    • 1960, Mack Tyner, Process Engineering Calculations: Material and Energy Balances - Ordinarily a process plant will use a steam boiler to supply its process heat requirements and to drive a steam-turbine generator.
    • 1987, J. R. Richards, Principles of control system design in Modelling and control of fermentation processes - The words plant or process infer generally any dynamic system, be it primarily mechanical, electrical, or chemical process in nature, and may extend also to include social or economic systems.
  6. A path of succession of states through which a system passes.


  1. To perform a particular process.
    We have processed the data using our proven techniques, and have come to the following conclusions.
  2. To treat with a substance