Definition of procure
procurableplay \-ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl\ adjective
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
She managed to procure a ticket to the concert.
The CIA believes the group is procuring weapons.
They still need to procure a marriage license.
He was charged with illegally procuring young women for wealthy clients.
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.”
Origin and Etymology 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
PROCURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of procure for English Language Learners
: to get (something) by some action or effort
: to find or provide (a prostitute) for someone
PROCURE Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of procure
: to obtain, induce, or cause to take place
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