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Process, 1) course, the act of going on and passing by (of time): “in p. of the seasons,” Sonn. 104, 6. (time) “often at his very loose decides that which long p. could not arbitrate,” LLL V, 2, 753. “beguiled the tediousness and p. of my travel,” R2 II, 3, 12. “ere the glass finish the p. of his sandy hour,” H6A IV, 2, 36. “lest that the p. of thy kindness last longer telling than thy kindness' date,” R3 IV, 4, 253 (the p. of telling thy kindness). “in the course and p. of this time,” H8 II, 4, 38.
2) a series of actions or events: “and finds no other advantage in the p. but only the losing of hope by time,” All's I, 1, 18. “after this p. to give her the avaunt,” H8 II, 3, 9.
3) the way and order in which something goes forward or happens: “to set the needless p. by,” Meas. V, 92. “tell her the p. of Antonio's end,” Merch. IV, 1, 274. “by law and p. of great nature freed,” Wint. II, 2, 60. “tell the p. of their death,” R3 IV, 3, 32. “witness the p. of your speech,” Troil. IV, 1, 8. Hml. I, 5, 37. III, 3, 29. Oth. I, 3, 142.
4) regular proceeding, course of law: “proceed by p.” Cor. III, 1, 314.
5) a mandate: “thou mayst not coldly set our sovereign p.” Hml. IV, 3, 65. “where's Fulvia's p.?” Ant. I, 1, 28.
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