procure

[ proh-kyoor, pruh- ]
/ proʊˈkyʊər, prə- /
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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.

Origin of procure

1250–1300; Middle English procuren < Latin prōcūrāre to take care of. See pro-1, cure
SYNONYMS FOR procure
1 gain, win. See get.
2 contrive.
4 pander, pimp.
ANTONYMS FOR procure
1 lose.
Related formspro·cure·ment, nounself-pro·cured, adjectiveself-pro·cur·ing, adjectiveun·pro·cured, adjective
Can be confusedprocuration procurement
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British Dictionary definitions for self-procured

procure

/ (prəˈkjʊə) /

verb

(tr) to obtain or acquire; secure
to obtain (women or girls) to act as prostitutes
Derived Formsprocurable, 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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Word Origin and History for self-procured

procure


v.

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.

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