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Dictionary definition for: Process

1. (n) 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"

2. (v) deal with in a routine way; "I''ll handle that one" "process a loan" "process the applicants"

3. (n) 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"

4. (v) 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"

5. (n) (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents; "the process of thinking" "the cognitive operation of remembering"

6. (v) 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"

7. (n) 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

8. (v) institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him" "She actioned the company for discrimination"

9. (n) a mental process that you are not directly aware of; "the process of denial"

10. (v) shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools" "process iron" "work the metal"

11. (n) a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; "a bony process"

12. (v) deliver a warrant or summons to someone; "He was processed by the sheriff"

13. (v) march in a procession; "They processed into the dining room"

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