[ proh-kyoor, pruh- ]
/ proʊˈkyʊər, prə- /
See synonyms for: procure / procured / procuring on

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.



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Origin of procure

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

synonym study for procure

1. See get.


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


procuration, procurement Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021


What does 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’ll have to ask procurement to order those materials. 

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 procure come from?

The first records of the word procure come from around 1300. It comes from the Latin prōcūrāre, meaning “to take care of” or “to look after.” This is formed from the Latin verb cūrāre, “to care for.” The English verb curate is based on a related root.

Procure doesn’t just mean “get”—it implies extra effort. When something is said to have been procured, it’s 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. 

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’t become corrupted by bribes, kickbacks, and favoritism.

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How is procure used in real life?

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



Try using procure!

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

Example sentences from the Web for procure

British Dictionary definitions for procure

/ (prəˈkjʊə) /


(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 prōcūrāre to look after, from pro- 1 + cūrāre to care for
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