procure

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French procurer, from Late Latin prōcūrāre, present active infinitive of prōcūrō (I manage, administer), from Latin prō (on behalf of) with cūrō (I care for).

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Verb[edit]

procure (third-person singular simple present procures, present participle procuring, simple past and past participle procured)

  1. (transitive) To acquire or obtain.
    • Milton
      if we procure not to ourselves more woe
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 6
      Later there would also be need for seeds and artificial manures, besides various tools and, finally, the machinery for the windmill. How these were to be procured, no one was able to imagine.
  2. (transitive) To obtain a person as a prostitute for somebody else.
  3. (transitive, criminal law) To induce or persuade someone to do something.
  4. (obsolete) To contrive; to bring about; to effect; to cause.
    • Robynson (More's Utopia)
      By all means possible they procure to have gold and silver among them in reproach.
    • Shakespeare
      Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall.
  5. (obsolete) To solicit; to entreat.
    • Spenser
      The famous Briton prince and faery knight, [] / Of the fair Alma greatly were procured / To make there longer sojourn and abode.
  6. (obsolete) To cause to come; to bring; to attract.
    • Shakespeare
      What unaccustomed cause procures her hither?

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References[edit]

  • procure” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

French[edit]

Verb[edit]

procure

  1. first-person singular present indicative of procurer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of procurer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of procurer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of procurer
  5. second-person singular imperative of procurer

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

procure f

  1. plural form of procura

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

procure

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of procurar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of procurar
  3. first-person singular imperative of procurar
  4. third-person singular imperative of procurar

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

procure

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of procurar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of procurar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of procurar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of procurar.