- ▪ I. process pro‧cess 1 [ˈprəʊses ǁ ˈprɑː-] noun1. [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 processesˌdue ˈprocess [uncountable] LAWthe correct way to deal with a legal case:
• a violation of the company's right to due process2. 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
* * *Ⅰ.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.»
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 processⅡ.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.