- 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.
- to act as a procurer or pimp.
Origin of procure
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Examples from the Web for procuring
Quality drugs and medical supplies are always in short supply and procuring them is a major source of corruption.In Sierra Leone, the Plague Is Closing in Around Us
October 13, 2014
He fell to them with only a perfunctory acknowledgment of my agency in procuring them.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
After breakfast he paid his bill, and, procuring his horse, prepared for departure.The Night Riders
Any little comforts you have had here have been of his procuring.Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
As for me, all my funds had been absorbed in procuring my outfit at Eddyville, in Iowa.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail
He determined to find some way of procuring the title for himself.The False Chevalier
William Douw Lighthall
- (tr) to obtain or acquire; secure
- to obtain (women or girls) to act as prostitutes
Word Origin and History for procuring
c.1300, "bring about, cause, effect," from Old French procurer "care for, be occupied with; bring about, cause; acquire, provide" (13c.) and directly from Late Latin procurare "manage, take care of;" from pro- "in behalf of" (see pro-) + curare "care for" (see cure (v.)). Main modern sense "obtain; recruit" (late 14c.) is via "take pains to get" (mid-14c.). Meaning "to obtain (women) for sexual gratification" is attested from c.1600. Related: Procured; procuring.