[proh-kyoor, pruh-]
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.
  3. 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

1250–1300; Middle English procuren < Latin prōcūrāre to take care of. See pro-1, cure
Related formspro·cure·ment, nounself-pro·cured, adjectiveself-pro·cur·ing, adjectiveun·pro·cured, adjective
Can be confusedprocuration procurement

Synonyms for procure

1. gain, win. See get. 2. contrive. 4. pander, pimp.

Antonyms for procure

1. lose. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for self-procured


  1. (tr) to obtain or acquire; secure
  2. 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



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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