proceed

To proceed means to go or continue forward. But somehow "ready, set, proceed!" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

From the Latin procedere, meaning “go forward, advance,” proceed is a verb that simply means to keep going, particularly after there’s been an interruption. Synonyms include progress and advance. People who constantly interrupt make it really difficult for the conversation to proceed smoothly. And proceed with caution when crossing a busy street, but if the light turns red, you better move it fast!

Definitions of proceed
  1. verb
    move ahead; travel onward in time or space
    “We proceeded towards Washington”
    synonyms: continue, go forward
    bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
    keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
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    head
    to go or travel towards
    trace
    make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along
    roar
    act or proceed in a riotous, turbulent, or disorderly way
    limp
    proceed slowly or with difficulty
    wander
    go via an indirect route or at no set pace
    make, take
    head into a specified direction
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. verb
    continue a certain state, condition, or activity
    synonyms: continue, go along, go on, keep
    bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
    keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
    continue
    continue after an interruption
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    discontinue
    come to or be at an end
    types:
    hold
    remain in a certain state, position, or condition
    keep going, run on
    continue uninterrupted
    ride
    continue undisturbed and without interference
    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  3. verb
    continue talking
    synonyms: carry on, continue, go on
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    segue
    proceed without interruption; in music or talk
    jog, ramble, ramble on
    continue talking or writing in a desultory manner
    type of:
    speak, talk
    exchange thoughts; talk with
  4. verb
    follow a certain course
    synonyms: go
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    drag, drag on, drag out
    proceed for an extended period of time
    come, do, fare, get along, make out
    proceed or get along
    type of:
    come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
    come to pass
  5. verb
    follow a procedure or take a course
    synonyms: go, move
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    work
    proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity
    embark, venture
    proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
    steamroll, steamroller
    proceed with great force
    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Commonly confused words

precede / proceed

These two words have similar sounds. They also have similar definitions, encompassing an idea of forward movement. This leads to some confusion.

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