I. process pro‧cess 1 [ˈprəʊses ǁ ˈprɑː-] noun
1. [countable] a series of actions taken to perform a particular task or achieve a particular result:

• simpler design and manufacturing processes

• Industry executives said ABC's plans would slow down the process.

• the union's disciplinary and electoral processes

ˌdue ˈprocess [uncountable] LAW
the correct way to deal with a legal case:

• a violation of the company's right to due process

2. be in the process of doing something to have started doing something that is not yet finished:

• General Motors is in the process of beginning discussions with potential partners.

  [m0] II. process process 2 verb [transitive]
1. MANUFACTURING to change a substance as part of the manufacture of a product:

• The refineries are processing 1.4 million barrels of crude oil a day.

• The paper will be processed from pineapple and banana leaves.

2. to deal with a document in the usual way:

• The service was started to help process copyright permissions more rapidly.

• The Securities Industry Automation Corp. processes stock quotations from the major exchanges.

3. COMPUTING if a computer processes information, figures etc, it uses them to produce a particular result:

• the accounts are processed by the Systems Union Sun Account system.

• facilities for changing, deleting and processing data

— see also central processing unit

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process UK US /ˈprəʊses/ US  /ˈprɑːses/ noun [C]
a series of actions that are needed in order to do something or achieve a result: »

Management recognizes it is important to get the process right even if it means delaying the project start date.

consultation/decision-making/planning process »

The role offers the opportunity to be a part of the company's decision-making process.


approval/evaluation/inspection process


complete/finish/start a process


a disciplinary/hiring/selection process


improve/speed up/streamline a process

PRODUCTION a method of producing goods in a particular industry: »

an industrial/manufacturing/production process

be in the process of doing sth — Cf. be in the process of doing sth
in the process — Cf. in the process
process UK US /ˈprəʊses/ US  /ˈprɑːses/ verb [T]
PRODUCTION to change raw materials, for example by adding chemicals or other substances to them, as part of the production of goods: »

The two new oil refineries will be able to process 250,000 barrels of crude a day.

to deal with documents in an official way: process applications/claims/orders »

Insurance claims may take up to 30 days to process.

IT if a computer processes data, it uses a set of instructions to organize it and produce a particular result: »

A bug in the system was preventing it from processing digital image files.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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