What does procure mean?

Definitions for procure
proʊˈkyʊər, prə-pro·cure

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. procure, secureverb

    get by special effort

    "He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed"

  2. pander, pimp, procureverb

    arrange for sexual partners for others


  1. procureverb

    To acquire or obtain an item or service, sometimes rare, usually by extra effort.

  2. procureverb

    To obtain a person as a prostitute for somebody else.

  3. procureverb

    To induce or persuade someone to do something.

  4. Etymology: procurer, from Late procurare, from pro- with curare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PROCUREverb

    Etymology: procuro, Lat. procurer, Fr.

    They shall fear and tremble, for all the prosperity that I procure unto it. Jer. xxxiii. 9.

    Happy though but ill,
    If we procure not to ourselves more woe. John Milton.

    We no other pains endure,
    Than those that we ourselves procure. Dryden.

    Then by thy toil procur’d, thou food shalt eat. Dryden.

    Is it my lady mother?
    What unaccustom’d cause procures her hither? William Shakespeare.

    Whom nothing can procure,
    When the wide world runs biass, from his will
    To writhe his limbs, and share, not mend the ill. George Herbert.

    Proceed, Salinus, to procure my fall,
    And by the doom of death end woes and all. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Procureverb

    To bawd; to pimp.

    Our author calls colouring, lena sororis, in plain English, the bawd of her sister, the design or drawing: she cloaths, she dresses her up, she paints her, she makes her appear more lovely than naturally she is, she procures for the design, and makes lovers for her. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    With what impatience must the muse behold,
    The wife by her procuring husband sold. Dryden.


  1. procure

    Procurement is the method of discovering and agreeing to terms and purchasing goods, services, or other works from an external source, often with the use of a tendering or competitive bidding process. When a government agency buys goods or services through this practice, it is referred to as public procurement.Procurement as an organizational process is intended to ensure that the buyer receives goods, services, or works at the best possible price when aspects such as quality, quantity, time, and location are compared. Corporations and public bodies often define processes intended to promote fair and open competition for their business while minimizing risks such as exposure to fraud and collusion. Almost all purchasing decisions include factors such as delivery and handling, marginal benefit, and fluctuations in the prices of goods. Organisations which have adopted a corporate social responsibility perspective are also likely to require their purchasing activity to take wider societal and ethical considerations into account. On the other hand, the introduction of external regulations concerning accounting practices can affect ongoing buyer-supplier relations in unforeseen manners.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Procureverb

    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

  2. Procureverb

    to contrive; to bring about; to effect; to cause

  3. Procureverb

    to solicit; to entreat

  4. Procureverb

    to cause to come; to bring; to attract

  5. Procureverb

    to obtain for illicit intercourse or prostitution

  6. Procureverb

    to pimp

  7. Procureverb

    to manage business for another in court

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Procure

    prō-kūr′, v.t. to obtain for one's self or for another: to bring about: to attract: (Spens.) to urge earnestly.—v.i. to pander, pimp.—adj. Procur′able, that may be procured.—ns. Pro′curācy, office of a procurator; Procurā′tion, the act of managing another's affairs: the instrument giving power to do this: a sum paid by incumbents to the bishop or archdeacon on visitations; Proc′urātor, one who takes care of a thing for another: a lawyer: a financial agent in an imperial province under the Roman emperors; Proc′urator-fis′cal (see Fiscal).—adj. Procuratō′rial.—n. Proc′uratorship.—adj. Proc′urātory.—ns. Procure′ment, the act of procuring: a bringing about: management: agency; Procur′er, one who procures: a pander:—fem. Proc′uress. [Fr. procurer—L. procurāre, to manage—pro, for, curāre, -ātum, to care for.]

Editors Contribution

  1. procure

    To purchase commodities, goods, products or services easily, effectively and efficiently using simple, streamlined, accurate and specific procurement guidelines.

    The local unity government did procure the goods and services they required easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of procure in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of procure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of procure in a Sentence

  1. Pindar:

    I hate the miser, whose unsocial breast Locks from the world his useless stores. Wealth by the bounteous only is enjoyed, Whose treasures, in diffusive good employed, The rich return of fame and friends procure, And ?gainst a sad reverse a safe retreat secure.

  2. Dean Phillips:

    She went directly to the store to procure the weapon, there were concerns about her from the Miami locale when she was not around.

  3. Virginia Woolf:

    If you insist upon fighting to protect me, or our country, let it be understood soberly and rationally between us that you are fighting to gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share; to procure benefits which I have not shared and probably will not share.

  4. Ambassador McKinley:

    I was disturbed by the implication that foreign governments were being approached to procure negative information on political opponents.

  5. Barbara McQuade:

    It could be that President Trump procured the presidency by fraud, when immigrants procure their citizenship by fraud, we strip them of their citizenship. When a president procures his presidency by fraud, should we consider doing the same?

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    cloth coverings wrapped around something (as a wound or a baby)
    • A. impounding
    • B. substrate
    • C. swathing
    • D. couvade

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