1 A series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end: military operations could jeopardize the peace process
1.1 A natural series of changes: the ageing process
1.2 A systematic series of mechanized or chemical operations that are performed in order to produce something: the manufacturing process is relatively simple
1.3 Computing An instance of a program being executed in a multitasking operating system, typically running in an environment that protects it from other processes.
1.4 [as modifier] Printing Relating to or denoting printing using ink in three colours (cyan, magenta, and yellow) and black to produce a complete range of colour: process inks
2 Law A summons or writ requiring a person to appear in court.
3 Biology & Anatomy A natural appendage or outgrowth on or in an organism, such as a protuberance on a bone.
1 Perform a series of mechanical or chemical operations on (something) in order to change or preserve it: the salmon is quickly processed after harvest to preserve the flavour
1.1 Deal with (someone or something) using an official procedure: the immigration authorities who processed him
1.2 Computing Operate on (data) by means of a program.
Middle English: from Old French proces, from Latin processus 'progression, course', from the verb procedere (see proceed). Current senses of the verb date from the late 19th century.
In the process
of doing today's word it was necessary to progress to an alternate word. The first had been processed
in the past. There might almost be a protest about using this day's word. It has appeared 52 times in posts, though never before possessed the prominence of a WotD.
Words are a game. Sometimes I play alone, but you are welcome to play, too.