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 procure (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 Over the weekend, hospitals detailed on Twitter their struggles to procure lifesaving air. WSJ, "India’s Covid Surge Is Most Ferocious Yet. ‘Spreading Like Wildfire.’," 25 Apr. 2021 As universities procure new softwares and systems, look for the mobile interface. Paige Francis, Forbes, "Avoid The Perception Landmines Of Today’s Top 3 Back-To-Work Tech Initiatives," 5 Apr. 2021 The vote was 23-1. Under Senate Bill 151, utilities would be required by June 2023 to enter into 30 year agreements with the state to procure the renewable energy. Christian Wade, Washington Examiner, "New Hampshire looks to tap wind power opportunities," 24 Mar. 2021 Governments partnered with drugmakers, pouring in billions of dollars to procure raw materials, finance clinical trials, and retrofit factories. BostonGlobe.com, "Rich countries signed away a chance to vaccinate the world," 21 Mar. 2021 Governments partnered with drugmakers, pouring in billions of dollars to procure raw materials, finance clinical trials and retrofit factories. New York Times, "Rich Countries Signed Away a Chance to Vaccinate the World," 21 Mar. 2021 Trump largely relied on states to procure their own testing materials and other critical equipment as COVID-19 tore through the country last year, which resulted in shortages and some states pitted against each other in bidding wars. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Governors bullish about beating Biden’s May 1 vaccine directive – if the doses keep coming," 19 Mar. 2021 Such delays pushed Seppala to procure his own rapid testing machines. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "As the pandemic ushered in isolation and financial hardship, overdose deaths reached new heights," 16 Feb. 2021 Both the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines play a major role in Covax, a global collaboration to procure and distribute vaccines fairly across nations, particularly poorer ones. Los Angeles Times, "U.S. pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be felt the most in poor countries," 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of procure

14th century, in the meaning defined at 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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“Procure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/procure. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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