[ proh-kyoor, pruh- ]
/ pro蕣藞ky蕣蓹r, pr蓹- /
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verb (used with object), pro路cured, pro路cur路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路cured, pro路cur路ing.
to act as a procurer or pimp.
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Origin of procure

1250鈥1300; Middle English procuren, from Latin pr艒c奴r膩re 鈥渢o take care of.鈥 See pro-1, cure

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1. See get.


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What does聽procure mean?

To procure something is to obtain or get it, especially through special means or extra effort.

The word is especially used in the context of the formal, official process of purchasing and obtaining materials, supplies, or equipment, particularly in the context of business or government.

The noun form procurement most commonly refers to this process. Many large companies and government agencies have a procurement department that handles the ordering and acquisition of supplies. Such a department is often simply referred to as procurement, as in You鈥檒l have to ask procurement to order those materials.聽

Procurement can also be used in a general way to refer to the act or process of procuring in any context.

Example: It took me a few months to track it down, but I was able to procure that rare book for her birthday.

Where does聽procure come from?

The first records of the word procure come from around 1300. It comes from the Latin pr艒c奴r膩re, meaning 鈥渢o take care of鈥 or 鈥渢o look after.鈥 This is formed from the Latin verb c奴r膩re, 鈥渢o care for.鈥 The English verb curate is based on a related root.

Procure doesn鈥檛 just mean 鈥済et鈥濃攊t implies extra effort. When something is said to have been procured, it鈥檚 usually something special or hard to get, as in I had to make several phone calls, but I was finally able to procure a replacement part for the refrigerator.聽

When companies and government agencies need to procure things, they call it procurement. Governments often have special departments and laws for procurement, usually with very strict procedures for how purchases can be made and how things can be procured. These rules are intended to ensure that the process doesn鈥檛 become corrupted by bribes, kickbacks, and favoritism.

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How is聽procure used in real life?

Procure is commonly used in the context of acquiring supplies for businesses or government agencies, but it鈥檚 also often used in a general way.



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Which of the following actions may be needed to procure something?

A. track it down
B. order it
C. purchase it
D. all of the above

How to use procure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for procure

/ (pr蓹藞kj蕣蓹) /

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

Derived forms of procure

procurable, adjectiveprocurance or procural, noun

Word Origin for procure

C13: from Latin pr艒c奴r膩re to look after, from pro- 1 + c奴r膩re to care for
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