procure

[ proh-kyoor, pruh- ]
/ proʊˈkyʊər, prə- /

verb (used with object), pro·cured, pro·cur·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), pro·cured, pro·cur·ing.

to act as a procurer or pimp.

Origin of procure

1250–1300; Middle English procuren < Latin prōcūrāre to take care of. See pro-1, cure

SYNONYMS FOR procure

1 gain, win. See get.
2 contrive.
4 pander, pimp.

Related forms

pro·cure·ment, nounself-pro·cured, adjectiveself-pro·cur·ing, adjectiveun·pro·cured, adjective

Can be confused

procuration procurement
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British Dictionary definitions for procure

procure

/ (prəˈkjʊə) /

verb

(tr) to obtain or acquire; secure
to obtain (women or girls) to act as prostitutes

Derived Forms

procurable, adjectiveprocurance or procural, noun

Word Origin for procure

C13: from Latin prōcūrāre to look after, from pro- 1 + cūrāre to care for
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