From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishprocesspro‧cess1 /ˈprəʊses $ ˈprɑː-/ ●●● S1 W1 AWL noun [countable] 1 ORDER/SEQUENCEa series of actions that are done in order to achieve a particular result the Israeli–Egyptian peace process Repetition can help the learning process.process of the process of economic changeslow/lengthy/laborious etc process Getting fit again has been a long slow process. the mental processes involved in decision-making2 ORDER/SEQUENCEa series of things that happen naturally and result in gradual changeprocess of the natural process of evolution Coal forms by a slow process of chemical change. the digestive process3 → be in the process of (doing) something4 → be in process5 → in the process6 → process of elimination7 TIa method of making or producing goods the car production process Recycling is an industrial process. → due processCOLLOCATIONS – Meanings 1 & 2ADJECTIVES/NOUN + processslowCollecting the data is a slow process.long/lengthyTry to be patient through the long process of healing.laborious (=taking a lot of time and effort)The copying of manuscripts was a laborious process.complexGetting a visa can be a complex process.a natural processBirth is a natural process.a formal processA decision will only be taken after a formal consultation process.a mental processCats have different mental processes from dogs.the learning processThe student is actively involved in the learning process.the peace processThey are frustrated with the lack of progress in the peace process.the decision-making processNot all staff can participate in the decision-making process.a selection processAn interview normally forms part of the selection process.verbsgo through a process (also undergo a process formal) (=experience a process)A lot of companies are going through a process of change.The system underwent a process of simplification.take part in a process (also participate in a process)We encourage our clients to participate in the process at every stage.
Examples from the Corpusprocess• The bipolar adversary process often involves paying little attention to these wider interests.• the aging process• an advanced industrial process• One process improvement technique, for example, failed to sustain interest.• Clinton even turned snafus in the Northern Ireland peace process into potential political advantage.• the human reproductive process• He has taken out patents for the process and for the chips.• The process of applying to a college is often very time-consuming.• The debate will continue over whether this process involves gain or loss.• But it is, in a sense, a one-way process.mental processes• Asperger adults are tailed by shop security guards, though their inflexible mental processes make it unthinkable they would break the law.• Also, Piaget did infer the existence of internal mental processes.• Short of this position, one must admit the possibility of non-introspectible mental processes.• But the truth was that my mental processes were frightfully complicated, tenaciously mixed.• They have shown that mental processes can be correlated with specific neural changes.• One is a primary teacher who was interested in the mental processes of children tackling simple addition.• Summary Neural networks are rough models of the mental processes their name implies.• William James viewed mental processes as a stream, or river.slow process• This is a slow process normally taking an hour per unit of alcohol.• Even 20 or 30 years ago, finding the fish was a slow process.• A slow process of rapprochement therefore began in the autumn of 1943.• It is important to remember, though, that medical research is an agonizingly slow process.• Background activities generally involve slower processes.• To the extent that proletarianization is occurring, it may be a long, slow process.• The slowest processes come at the top of the hierarchy, and provide the environment for faster processes.• During this slow process, what was happening in the South? production process• Modern production processes are complex and costly.• A project to develop a new production process requires a similar selective use of the concept.• The intent of the project is to identify those parameters which most affect the production process.• Inspection is another important activity in the production process.• Each stage in the production process thus pays tax on the value it has added; hence the tax's name.• The decision to stop the line is with the employee, as is the decision to review the production process.• The production process typically has several stages.• Upper level managers need no longer be geographically close to production processes.processprocess2 ●●○ AWL verb [transitive] 1 DFNto make food, materials, or goods ready to be used or sold, for example by preserving or improving them in some way Goats’ cheese may be processed in many ways. Two million workers are employed processing goods for electronic firms.2 DEAL WITHto deal with an official document, request etc in the usual wayprocess an application/claim/transaction etc All university applications are processed through this system.► see thesaurus at deal3 TDto deal with information using a computer The new network will enable data to be processed more speedily.4 TCPto print a picture from a photographic film → data processing, word processor→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusprocess• The milk must be maintained at this temperature until it is processed.• You should allow two weeks for your visa application to be processed.• The smelly and difficult business of processing and printing was placed, conveniently out of sight, in the factory.• Slides were subsequently processed as for tissue sections.• Such information is often laboriously collected by literature-searching and is conventionally processed as text.• Unless you desire the whitest possible loaf, unbleached flour is processed less and certainly white enough for white bread.• Computers have given banks the power to process millions of transactions a day.• The expanding use of automation may make analysts more productive, allowing them to process more data in less time.• That is, until the next day when I started to use the word processing program.• Distillers scrambled to develop processing techniques that would allow them to carve out their own niches.• It will take four to six weeks to process your loan application.process an application/claim/transaction etc• Local sheriffs and police departments then have up to six months to process applications.• Some paradigms are intended especially for signal processing applications.• In London, the Home Office confirmed that it was processing applications for leave to remain on behalf of the three.processpro‧cess3 /prəˈses/ verb [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] LINE formal to walk or move along in a very slow and serious way, especially as part of a group→ See Verb tableFrom Longman Business Dictionaryprocesspro‧cess1 /ˈprəʊsesˈprɑː-/ noun1[countable] a series of actions taken to perform a particular task or achieve a particular resultsimpler design and manufacturing processesIndustry executives said ABC’s plans would slow down the process.the union’s disciplinary and electoral processes2be in the process of doing something to have started doing something that is not yet finishedGeneral Motors is in the process of beginning discussions with potential partners.processprocess2 verb [transitive]1MANUFACTURING to change a substance as part of the manufacture of a productThe refineries are processing 1.4 million barrels of crude oil a day.The paper will be processed from pineapple and banana leaves.2to deal with a document in the usual wayThe service was started to help process copyright permissions more rapidly.The Securities Industry Automation Corp. processes stock quotations from the major exchanges.3COMPUTING if a computer processes information, figures etc, it uses them to produce a particular resultthe accounts are processed by the Systems Union Sun Account system.facilities for changing, deleting and processing data → see also central processing unit→ See Verb tableOrigin process1 (1300-1400) Old French proces, from Latin processus, from procedere; → PROCEED