procure

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See also: procuré and pro-cure

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Etymology[edit]

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

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

  1. (transitive) To acquire or obtain.
    Synonyms: get, gain, acquire, attain, obtain
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book II”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, →OCLC:
      if we procure not to ourselves more woe
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 6, in Animal Farm [], London: Secker & Warburg, →OCLC:
      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.
    Synonyms: buy, purchase
  3. (transitive, criminal law) To induce or persuade someone to do something.
  4. (obsolete) To contrive; to bring about; to effect; to cause.
  5. (obsolete) To solicit; to entreat.
  6. (obsolete) To cause to come; to bring; to attract.

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procure

  1. inflection of procurer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /proˈku.re/
  • Rhymes: -ure
  • Hyphenation: pro‧cù‧re

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procure f

  1. plural of procura

Portuguese[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: pro‧cu‧re

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procure

  1. inflection of procurar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

Spanish[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /pɾoˈkuɾe/ [pɾoˈku.ɾe]
  • Rhymes: -uɾe
  • Syllabification: pro‧cu‧re

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procure

  1. inflection of procurar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative