procure

verb
pro·​cure | \ prə-ˈkyu̇r How to pronounce procure (audio) , prō-\
procured; procuring

Definition of procure

1 transitive : to get possession of (something) : to obtain (something) by particular care and effort procure a loan She had managed to procure a hat shaped like a life-size lion's head, which was perched precariously on her head.— J. K. Rowling
2 transitive : to bring about or achieve (something) by care and effort was unable to procure the prisoner's release
3 transitive + intransitive : to obtain (someone) to be employed for sex (as for an individual or in a house of prostitution) … accused of acting as a "madam" and "procuring girls" for wealthy sex offender Epstein—claims that she strongly denies.The New York Post No one has been prosecuted … for pimping or procuring— Jacqueline Martis

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Other Words from procure

procurable \ prə-​ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce procurable (audio) , prō-​ \ adjective

Distinctive Meanings of Procure

Procure, like many other English words, has a split personality. On the one hand, it may carry a perfectly benign meaning, such as "to obtain" (“she procured supplies”) or "to bring about" (“the settlement was successfully procured”). On the other hand, it has long been used in the specific sense of obtaining someone for, or bringing about, sexually promiscuous purposes. In this regard it is similar to the word pander, which entered the English language with the innocent meaning “a go-between in love intrigues” (the word comes from the name Pandare, a character in Chaucer’s poem Troilus and Criseyde who facilitates the affair between the titular characters), and soon after took on the meaning “pimp.”

Examples of procure in a Sentence

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 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 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
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After that, they will not be allowed to procure any more. oregonlive.com, "Donald Trump ends federal funding of research using fetal tissue," 6 June 2019 At the bottom were the drivers and runners who went state-to-state on trips to procure iPhones and ship them back to the Bronx, one of the five boroughs that makes up New York City. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "How a crew of fraudsters allegedly stole $19 million worth of iPhones," 4 June 2019 Michele Fiasca, 66, had a housemate a few years back who couldn’t seem to pay rent but did procure wonderful vintage clothes for Ms. Fiasca, who runs a website that connects senior roommates in Oregon and Washington state. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "No Cats, No Sleepovers: Boomers Become Housemates," 21 Aug. 2018 That company was sanctioned in June for procuring underwater equipment and diving systems for Russian government agencies, including the Federal Security Service, formerly Russia's KGB spy service. Fox News, "US adds to sanctions against Russia," 21 Aug. 2018 Seeds were procured for favorite tomatoes, must-have herbs, the perfect beet greens, a myriad of pepper varieties, and many more treasures. Country Living, "The Ultimate Kitchen Garden," 12 Sep. 2011 Down the miles-long stretch of Jeffrey Road in Irvine, Dan Manassero, his wife, Anne, and their employees toil in the sun, procuring food the old way for the local community. Timesoc, latimes.com, "TimesOC: Christ Cathedral construction crews celebrate a milestone," 23 May 2018 Officials at the Scottish SPCA believe some of Gorman’s dogs were underage, with fake documents used to procure their passports. Mirren Gidda, Newsweek, "The Latest Illegal Business in the U.K. Is Dog Smuggling," 16 Jan. 2018 In January, Russian state media reported Moscow will procure 32 Poseidon torpedoes, with 16 based with the country’s Northern Fleet and sixteen based with the country’s Pacific Fleet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Releases Test Video of Poseidon Nuclear Attack Drone," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of procure

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for procure

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

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procure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of procure

formal
: to get (something) by some action or effort
: to find or provide (a prostitute) for someone

procure

verb
pro·​cure | \ prə-ˈkyu̇r How to pronounce procure (audio) \
procured; procuring

Kids Definition of procure

: obtain I procured a ticket to the game.

procure

transitive verb
pro·​cure | \ prə-ˈkyu̇r How to pronounce procure (audio) \
procured; procuring

Legal Definition of procure

: to obtain, induce, or cause to take place

Other Words from procure

procurable adjective
procurer noun

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