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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Recent Examples on the Web Some drug planes procured by Chehab and registered in his name never made it to their destination. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Veteran pilot who helped violent South American traffickers smuggle cocaine heads to prison," 7 Jan. 2020 But European eels can be procured for around €300 a kilo in France or Spain. The Economist, "The mysterious life and times of eels," 18 Dec. 2019 And that a businessman named Max Dunlap procured the men to do the job. AZCentral.com, "The story that haunted Don Bolles isn't the story most people think they know," 3 Dec. 2019 The doctors procured other organs that had been identified for donation while the heart was perfused with a cold solution and removed. Allen Kim, CNN, "Doctors 'reanimate' heart for first-of-its-kind transplant in US," 3 Dec. 2019 The Huskies, for Hurley’s second season as coach, have procured five newcomers and — with Brendan Adams, the one true freshman a year ago — six players recruited by the current coaching staff. Dom Amore, courant.com, "How do the five new UConn men’s basketball players fit in with the team? Here’s a look," 3 Nov. 2019 Holston-Jones procured the new site after Hickory Sticks BBQ closed in May after a seven-year run. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Fat Boyz BBQ shuffle: One Fort Lauderdale site closes, another to open Nov. 5," 28 Oct. 2019 After several neutral countries balked at letting Espenshade and Shallenberger search their institutes and libraries, Hough procured letters from the Library of Congress certifying the men as its representatives engaged in bibliographic research. Greg Miller, Smithsonian, "The Untold Story of the Secret Mission to Seize Nazi Map Data," 23 Oct. 2019 To echo that floral lineage, Caporicci procures a magnolia essence from Mandy Aftel at Aftelier Perfumes in Berkeley. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "The molecular science behind a Larkspur shop’s blueberry ice cream," 27 Sep. 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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The first known use of procure was in the 14th century

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11 Jan 2020

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“Procure.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/procure. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for procure

procure

verb
How to pronounce procure (audio)

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.
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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