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[proh-kyoo r-muh nt, pruh‐]
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  1. the act of procuring, or obtaining or getting by effort, care, or the use of special means: The organ procurement procedure is very complicated.
  2. the act of obtaining equipment, materials, or supplies: The secretary of defense argued in favor of increasing the budget for procurement.
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Related formsnon·pro·cure·ment, nounself-pro·cure·ment, noun
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acquisition, acquirement, attainment, appropriation, procuring

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British Dictionary definitions for procurement


  1. the act or an instance of procuring
  2. commerce
    1. the act of buying
    2. (as modifier)procurement cost; procurement budget
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Word Origin and History for procurement


c.1300, "use of improper influence," from Old French procurement "management, stewardship" (13c.), from procurer (see procure). Meaning "process of bringing something about" (by the action of another) is from c.1400. Military use by 1949, American English.

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