I've been using the word "proceed" in a manner that I am now wondering if is correct. I use it to describe an event as having occurred after another in the following format:
"Event A proceeds Event B"
i.e. "A funeral proceeds the death of a person."
Is this a valid usage of the word?
My confusion stems from the fact that many dictionaries I use frequently have differing defnitions that aren't entirely equivalent. Here are some examples:
- to move or go forward or onward, especially after stopping.
- to carry on or continue any action or process.
- to go on to do something.
- to continue one's discourse.
...the third of which may or may not satisfy my usage,
- : to come forth from a source : ISSUE
2a : to continue after a pause or interruption
b : to go on in an orderly regulated way
3a : to begin and carry on an action, process, or movement
b : to be in the process of being accomplished
4 : to move along a course : ADVANCE
...which doesn't have a definition that really satisfies my usage, and
1 Begin a course of action.
1.1 [with infinitive] Do something after something else.
1.2 (of an action) carry on or continue.
1.3 Law Start a lawsuit against someone.
2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move forward.
2.1 British dated Advance to a higher rank, status, or education.
3 Originate from.
...where definition 1.1 shares the idea of my usage, but perhaps not the format.