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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”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹəˈkjʊə/, /pɹəˈkjɔː/
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɹəˈkjʊɹ/, /pɹəˈkjɝ/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)
- (transitive) To acquire or obtain.
- 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.
- (transitive) To obtain a person as a prostitute for somebody else.
- (transitive, criminal law) To induce or persuade someone to do something.
- (obsolete) To contrive; to bring about; to effect; to cause.
- (obsolete) To solicit; to entreat.
- (obsolete) To cause to come; to bring; to attract.
- c. 1591–1595 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene v]:
- What unaccustomed cause procures her hither?
to acquire or obtain an item or service
to obtain a person as a prostitute for somebody else
to induce or persuade someone to do something
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- Hyphenation: pro‧cu‧re