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.


  1. procure

    Procure refers to the act of obtaining, acquiring, or securing something, typically through deliberate effort or action. It often involves the process of locating, shopping for, negotiating, or attaining items, services, or resources that are needed or desired. Procurement can encompass various actions such as purchasing, sourcing, recruiting, or obtaining supplies, goods, or services.

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. President Jacob Zuma:

    We will procure nuclear energy on a scale and pace that the country can afford.

  2. Matt Garman:

    If they weren't running in the cloud, that wouldn't have been possible, if they had to go procure servers, or set up data center space, folks like Instacart and Zoom would never have been able to scale( as quickly).

  3. Barbara Bellis:

    It is clear... that the plaintiffs here simply want and are entitled to the deposition of Mr. Alex Jones and that Alex Jones has continued to attempt to deliberately disregard the court's orders and attempts to manipulate the court process, while paying the fees and court's costs will reimburse the plaintiffs for costs incurred in attempting to procure Mr. Jones' deposition, it is not a substitution for his testimony.

  4. 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.

  5. Emma Tinker:

    Amazon's long-term commitment to procure 100 % of the power from our wind farms in Cork, Donegal, and Galway enabled Invis to finance these projects and build them without the need for government subsidies, saving energy consumer tens of millions of euros, these projects represent a significant proportion of wind projects in construction in Ireland today, and support jobs and investment in this critical sector as the country moves towards meeting 80 % of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

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