pro·​cure·​ment prə-ˈkyu̇r-mənt How to pronounce procurement (audio)
: the act or process of procuring
especially : the obtaining of military supplies by a government

Examples of procurement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Administration leaders were hammering out arrangements late into the evening Thursday, emails show, with hours remaining on the measure that among other things loosens procurement rules to enable a more nimble response to a crisis that claims more lives annually in the District than gun violence. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 There are still other verticals—such as procurement or marketing—that remain vulnerable to fraud. Jonny Frank, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 The report said that Eastman has previously been investigated by the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility for the improper ordering and procurement of narcotics, as well as illegally storing those narcotics with a friend. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 16 Feb. 2024 Pyongyang’s integration into an emerging authoritarian axis has empowered it to expand its proliferation, procurement, and provocations while also strengthening the international order’s other adversaries. Jonathan Corrado, Foreign Affairs, 15 Feb. 2024 The state’s software for managing human resources, procurement, finances and accounting was based in an onsite hard drive at the Controller’s Office in downtown Boise. Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman, 9 Feb. 2024 With their extensive experience in global inventory management, procurement, and distribution, ATEC has consistently delivered innovative solutions that optimize efficiency and reduce costs for their clients. Brooke Zangaro, Charlotte Observer, 9 Feb. 2024 But finance chief Vaibhav Taneja admitted last month on the Q4 investor call there was not much more scope to drive down procurement, logistics and manufacturing costs. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 To help address this challenge IEEE Standards Association has introduced a pioneering standard for AI procurement. Gisele Waters, IEEE Spectrum, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of procurement was in the 14th century

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“Procurement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition


: the act of procuring
: the purchasing, leasing, renting, or selling of materials, services, equipment, or construction
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