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verb pro·cure \prə-ˈkyu̇r, prō-\

Simple Definition of procure

  • : to get (something) by some action or effort

  • : to find or provide (a prostitute) for someone

Full Definition of procure


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to get possession of :  obtain by particular care and effort b :  to get and make available for promiscuous sexual intercourse

  3. 2 :  bring about, achieve <procured the prisoner's release>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to procure women

pro·cur·able play \-ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of procure

  1. It was at that encounter in Pakistan that Faris was put in charge of procuring acetylene torches to slice suspension cables, as well as torque tools to bend portions of train track. —Daniel Eisenberg, Time, 30 June 2003

  2. He was stationed down in South Carolina about a year when he became engaged to an Irish Catholic girl whose father, a marine major and a one-time Purdue football coach, had procured him the cushy job as drill instructor in order to keep him at Parris Island to play ball. —Philip Roth, American Pastoral, 1997

  3. Unlike an agent, whose chief task is to procure acting roles and handle the legal negotiations of an actor's contract, a personal manager's influence is more pervasive … —Nikki Grimes, Essence, March 1995

  4. She managed to procure a ticket to the concert.

  5. The CIA believes the group is procuring weapons.

  6. They still need to procure a marriage license.

  7. He was charged with illegally procuring young women for wealthy clients.

Origin of procure

Middle English, from Anglo-French procurer, from Late Latin procurare, from Latin, to take care of, from pro- for + cura care

First Known Use: 14th century

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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