- 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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- (tr) to obtain or acquire; secure
- to obtain (women or girls) to act as prostitutes
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.