- to obtain or get by care, effort, or the use of special means: to procure evidence.
- to bring about, especially by unscrupulous and indirect means: to procure secret documents.
- to obtain (a person) for the purpose of prostitution.
- to act as a procurer or pimp.
Origin of procure
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Examples from the Web for procure
The name of the group, paradoxically, is Procure Saber, which in Portuguese means, Seek to Know.Brazil’s Rich Ban Biographies Via Arcane Law
November 21, 2013
What about people who had attempted to farm, but been stymied by their inability to procure government loans?How a Discrimination Settlement Turned into a Bonanza for Fraudsters
April 26, 2013
The narrator tries all manner of despicable tricks to procure her return.David's Book Club: The Fugitive
January 13, 2013
Bounderby was indeed born poor, but to loving parents, who sacrificed to procure him an education and a start in life.David's Bookclub: Hard Times
September 24, 2012
Young described how he was ordered to procure a special cellphone so the lovers could secretly communicate.Edwards Staffer Andrew Young Offers Shocking Testimony About His Boss
April 25, 2012
I did nothing but what I thought my duty to procure his favour.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
What if he should get into a train without a ticket, or send a guard to procure one for him?Life in London
My two great desires were to get to the hospital and to procure a bible.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
She was not, then, in want of means to procure the common comforts of life.Night and Morning, Complete
Take the ripest and most juicy free-stone peaches you can procure.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
- (tr) to obtain or acquire; secure
- to obtain (women or girls) to act as prostitutes
Word Origin and History for procure
c.1300, "bring about, cause, effect," from Old French procurer "care for, be occupied with; bring about, cause; acquire, provide" (13c.) and directly from Late Latin procurare "manage, take care of;" from pro- "in behalf of" (see pro-) + curare "care for" (see cure (v.)). Main modern sense "obtain; recruit" (late 14c.) is via "take pains to get" (mid-14c.). Meaning "to obtain (women) for sexual gratification" is attested from c.1600. Related: Procured; procuring.