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[proh-kyoo r, pruh-] /proʊˈkyʊər, prə-/
verb (used with object), procured, procuring.
to obtain or get by care, effort, or the use of special means:
to procure evidence.
to bring about, especially by unscrupulous and indirect means:
to procure secret documents.
to obtain (a person) for the purpose of prostitution.
verb (used without object), procured, procuring.
to act as a procurer or pimp.
Origin of procure
1250-1300; Middle English procuren < Latin prōcūrāre to take care of. See pro-1, cure
Related forms
procurement, noun
self-procured, adjective
self-procuring, adjective
unprocured, adjective
Can be confused
procuration, procurement.
1. gain, win. See get. 2. contrive. 4. pander, pimp.
1. lose. Unabridged
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  • Of all the components used, the magnet may be the most difficult to procure.
British Dictionary definitions for procure


(transitive) to obtain or acquire; secure
to obtain (women or girls) to act as prostitutes
Derived Forms
procurable, adjective
procurance, procural, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Latin prōcūrāre to look after, from pro-1 + cūrāre to care for
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Word Origin and History for procure

c.1300, "bring about, cause, effect," from Old French procurer "care for, be occupied with; bring about, cause; acquire, provide" (13c.) and directly from Late Latin procurare "manage, take care of;" from pro- "in behalf of" (see pro-) + curare "care for" (see cure (v.)). Main modern sense "obtain; recruit" (late 14c.) is via "take pains to get" (mid-14c.). Meaning "to obtain (women) for sexual gratification" is attested from c.1600. Related: Procured; procuring.

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