Continual vs Proceed - What's the difference?

continual | proceed |

As an adjective continual

is recurring in steady, rapid succession.

As a verb proceed is

to move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun.



Alternative forms

* continuall (obsolete)


  • Recurring in steady, rapid succession.
  • (proscribed) Seemingly continuous; appearing to have no end or interruption.
  • (proscribed) Forming a continuous series.
  • Usage notes

    In careful usage, continual refers to repeated'' actions “continual objections”, while continuous refers to ''uninterrupted'' actions or objects “continuous flow”, “played music continuously from dusk to dawn”. However, this distinction is not observed in informal usage, a noted example being the magic spell name “continual light” (unbroken light), in the game ''.






    (Webster 1913)


    (en verb)
  • To move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun.
  • to proceed on a journey.
  • To pass from one point, topic, or stage, to another.
  • To proceed with a story or argument.
  • To issue or come forth as from a source or origin; to come from.
  • Light proceeds from the sun.
  • To go on in an orderly or regulated manner; to begin and carry on a series of acts or measures; to act by method; to prosecute a design.
  • * John Locke
  • he that proceeds upon other Principles in his Enquiry
  • To be transacted; to take place; to occur.
  • * Shakespeare
  • He will, after his sour fashion, tell you / What hath proceeded worthy note to-day.
  • To have application or effect; to operate.
  • * Ayliffe
  • This rule only proceeds and takes place when a person can not of common law condemn another by his sentence.
  • To begin and carry on a legal process. (rfex)
  • Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See * Not to be confused with precede. * Many of the other English verbs ultimately derived from Latin are spelled ending in "cede", so the misspelling "procede" is common.


    * progress


    * regress * recede


    * *

    See also

    * proceeds (noun)