Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To get by special effort; obtain or acquire: managed to procure a pass.
  • transitive v. To bring about; effect: procure a solution to a knotty problem.
  • transitive v. To obtain (a sexual partner) for another.
  • intransitive v. To obtain sexual partners for others.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To acquire or obtain an item or service, sometimes rare, usually by extra effort.
  • v. To obtain a person as a prostitute for somebody else.
  • v. To induce or persuade someone to do something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bring into possession; to cause to accrue to, or to come into possession of; to acquire or provide for one's self or for another; to gain; to get; to obtain by any means, as by purchase or loan.
  • transitive v. To contrive; to bring about; to effect; to cause.
  • transitive v. To solicit; to entreat.
  • transitive v. To cause to come; to bring; to attract.
  • transitive v. To obtain for illicit intercourse or prostitution.
  • intransitive v. To pimp.
  • intransitive v. To manage business for another in court.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To care for; give attention to; look after.
  • To bring about by care and pains; effect; contrive and effect; induce; cause: as, he procured a law to be passed.
  • To obtain, as by request, loan, effort, labor, or purchase; get; gain; come into possession of.
  • To prevail with unto some end; lead; bring.
  • To solicit; urge earnestly.
  • Synonyms To provide, furnish, secure, compass.
  • Obtain, etc. See attain.
  • To pander; pimp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. arrange for sexual partners for others
  • v. get by special effort

Etymologies

Middle English procuren, from Old French procurer, to take care of, from Latin prōcūrāre : prō-, for; see pro-1 + cūrāre, to care for (from cūra, care; see cure).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French procurer, from Late Latin procurare ("to take for, take care of, manage"), from pro- ("in behalf of") with curare ("care for"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • First, he notes that the signature that Gonzales and Card were trying to procure from the incapacitated John Ashcroft was a protocol that the President himself had established "to internally discipline an exercise of power."

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  • Mr. Webster immediately complied with the request, and has dispatched instructions to Mr. Marsh, the American Minister at Constantinople, to procure from the Turkish

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  • That they endeavour to procure from the National Government the appropriation of adequate funds to aid the voluntary emigration of all emancipated people of colour, to any country where a suitable asylum may be found: and that, as an auxiliary means, they petition the state legislature for the passage of resolutions approbatory of such measure.

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  • Barotse natives of that region can procure from the Portuguese traders all the firearms and ammunition that they can pay for, and by treaty they retain their hunting rights.

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  • This done, Bosomworth was quick to procure from the Creek emperor a deed of conveyance to

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  • The plan of the opposing party was, in this case, after breaking up the school, to procure from the Turkish government the banishment of Hohannes.

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  • Christians, chiefly of the Greek church, I thought it might be equally useful to procure from the Greek Patriarch of Damascus, with whom I was well acquainted, a letter to his flock in the

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  • Proposal by the shareholders Matti Ikonen, Matti Liimatainen and Annina Kaeppi Shareholders Matti Ikonen, Matti Liimatainen and Annina Kaeppi propose to the AGM that Stora Enso Oyj no longer procure from the Finnish state enterprise Metsaehallitus any wood from forest areas in forest Lapland that nature conservation organisations have designated as rare contiguous wilderness areas formed by old-growth forests, bogs and fells.

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