procure

verb
pro·​cure | \ prə-ˈkyu̇r, 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 , 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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There were strands of standard primary colors and strands of pastels probably procured from some dollar store in 2002. Al Kemp, The Seattle Times, "How I came to grips with a downsized Christmas," 12 Dec. 2018 Upon accepting her trophy, Staples procured laughs from the audience. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The 2018 National Arts Awards Celebrated Extraordinary Achievement, Philanthropy, and Leadership," 23 Oct. 2018 Among those arrested was a nurse at a Palermo hospital who Italian police allege procured mild anesthetics from her workplace to tamp down the pain. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Police say Sicily gangsters crushed limbs in insurance fraud," 9 Aug. 2018 First came Jalakara in 2016, the platonic ideal of the chic jungle hideaway, on the crown of a hill in the island’s rugged interior and thoughtfully accessorized with items procured by the British owners during their adventures all over India. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Even with a loan procured by the condominium association for the benefit of unit owners, the monthly loan repayment costs plus regular assessments will be incredibly financially burdensome. Howard Dakoff, chicagotribune.com, "How can condo owners force sale of crumbling building?," 5 July 2017 Bodegas are for grabbing and going, not for lingering or procuring food items made without preservatives. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Delicious Vegan Bodega Just Opened in the West Village—Here's What to Try First," 1 Oct. 2018 The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby shows up as the White Widow, an arms broker who can help Hunt procure the missing plutonium. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "In Mission: Impossible - Fallout, being the good guy has serious consequences," 27 July 2018 The desire for FedExCup points and status has helped tournaments procure impressive fields, both early in the year with players looking to get a jump on the standings and late in the year with money on the line. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "New PGA Tour format is good for golf, but at Boston’s expense," 10 July 2018

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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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More Definitions for procure

procure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of procure

: to get (something) by some action or effort

: to find or provide (a prostitute) for someone

procure

verb
pro·​cure | \ prə-ˈkyu̇r \
procured; procuring

Kids Definition of procure

: obtain I procured a ticket to the game.

procure

transitive verb
pro·​cure | \ prə-ˈkyu̇r \
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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