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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The proceeds from the auction will go to the charitable organization of Ukrainian television personality Serhiy Prytula, which is working to procure aid and military equipment for Ukraine. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 30 May 2022 Connected devices provide larger quantities of data, and procure it more easily, than humans could collect manually. Michael Meissner, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 The issue of cash offers, and evidence as to what the official guidelines are for NCIS to procure such funds, will be part of the hearing that is now set to begin Tuesday. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Though Ventura County is rich in farming and fishing traditions, some Ojai bistros don’t typically procure raw ingredients from local purveyors. Dania Maxwell, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2022 Trinity perished en route to the machine city, and Neo went out like Jesus to procure a truce with the machines). Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Pfizer’s ambitious production objective ultimately forced the company to accept government help to procure vital supplies, defeating its earlier efforts to avoid a closer partnership with federal health authorities. Christopher Rowland, Anchorage Daily News, 16 June 2021 Hawk, for his part, says that seeing all of the interviews of skaters from the early days and the footage that Jones was able to procure surprised him. Kristen O'brien, PEOPLE.com, 5 Apr. 2022 The county has been able to procure nursing help from the state and federal government, redeploying nurses in outpatient areas into the hospital, accelerating hiring and hiring temporary nurses. Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Procure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/procure. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for procure

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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