[ proh-kyoor, pruh- ]
See synonyms for: procureprocuredprocuring on

verb (used with object),pro·cured, pro·cur·ing.
  1. to obtain or get by care, effort, or the use of special means: to procure evidence.

  2. to bring about, especially by unscrupulous and indirect means: to procure secret documents.

  1. to obtain (a person) for the purpose of prostitution.

verb (used without object),pro·cured, pro·cur·ing.
  1. to act as a procurer or pimp.

Origin of procure

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English procuren, from Latin prōcūrāre “to take care of”; see pro-1, cure

synonym study For procure

1. See get.

Other words for procure

Opposites for procure

Other words from procure

  • pro·cure·ment, noun
  • self-pro·cured, adjective
  • self-pro·cur·ing, adjective
  • un·pro·cured, adjective

Words that may be confused with procure

Words Nearby procure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use procure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for procure


/ (prəˈkjʊə) /

  1. (tr) to obtain or acquire; secure

  2. to obtain (women or girls) to act as prostitutes

Origin of procure

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

Derived forms of procure

  • procurable, adjective
  • procurance or procural, noun

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