Definition of procure in English:



  • 1Obtain (something), especially with care or effort:

    ‘food procured for the rebels’
    [with two objects] ‘he persuaded a friend to procure him a ticket’
    • ‘They proved that fungi can be identified in virtually all patients with chronic rhinosinusitis if meticulous, painstaking efforts are taken to procure samples.’
    • ‘The study - jointly conducted by the World Health Organisation and the aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres - looked at efforts to procure antiretroviral drugs in 10 countries.’
    • ‘However, my loyal friend Steve procured the autograph for me instead, and posted it to me as a birthday present.’
    • ‘All subjects had participated in an earlier experiment in which they pecked at black and white symbols to procure food rewards.’
    • ‘The early details of their journey - procuring a canoe, stockpiling bacon and canned food - at first seem tedious, but it gradually dawns why Clark has taken these pains.’
    • ‘In an effort to procure tickets, I called All Sport Promotions, which has a fine record in promoting sports tours such as the recent match in Bahrain.’
    • ‘This promoted the idea that as long as the reasons for failure were documented, nations could undertake efforts to engineer and procure solutions as required.’
    • ‘Last night, I walked right up to the ticket window and procured a seat in my usual spot (upper deck, behind the plate) without waiting in line.’
    • ‘Questionnaires regarding Community Childcare were sent out to families in the Aghamore area during the week in an effort to procure affordable childcare facilities in the region.’
    • ‘The Wall Street Journal has been leaked those portions of the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate relating to Iraq's efforts to procure uranium in Africa.’
    • ‘That's why I'm indebted to our good friend Xtian for procuring such excellent tickets for last night's game and for providing a 90-minute tutorial on Beckenbauerian tactics.’
    • ‘The main efforts are focused on procuring information about the operational situation in the theater with the help of space-based assets of radar surveillance.’
    • ‘No, it's being done in the best model of pork barrel politics where the Administration's friends procure multi-billion dollar contracts in a secret process hidden from any public scrutiny.’
    • ‘It is believed that viruses causing deadly diseases such as ebola and salmonella were procured in Russia and that anthrax was obtained from North Korea.’
    • ‘The deal was an effort to procure knockoff antiretroviral drugs for just $140 per patient per year.’
    • ‘Wei organized an effort by Cub Scout Pack 84 to procure shoes for the orphaned African girls.’
    • ‘Acquired honor is procured through the never-ending game of verbal challenge and riposte.’
    • ‘We visit the mainland in our inflatable, to procure food items.’
    • ‘Each medicinal plant was procured in 3 batches obtained during the summer, rainy season, and winter, respectively.’
    • ‘In recent years, the gallery has made a concerted effort to procure art works by contemporary South African artists.’
    obtain, acquire, get, find, come by, secure, pick up, get possession of
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    1. 1.1 Obtain (someone) as a prostitute for another person:
      ‘he haunted railway stations to procure young girls for immoral purposes’
      • ‘It also prohibited all procuring of children, whether male or female, for prostitution.’
      • ‘Under the new Australian laws, adults caught using the Internet to procure children younger than 16 for sex face up to 15 years in jail.’
      • ‘Lin later procured several other prostitutes and earned about 20,000 yuan commission between September of last year and this May.’
      • ‘He was jailed last December for trying to procure a 10-year-old girl for a paedophile sex ring.’
      • ‘She has been charged with procuring a girl under the age of 15 years for sexual services.’
      • ‘He served as bodyguard to a young boy prince from some European country and had to procure hookers for the 12-year-old.’
      • ‘One night in August he visited a prostitute and the next day he procured the woman for a fellow teacher.’
      • ‘Between them they were convicted of procuring four young women, mostly from France, for the sex industry.’
      • ‘These included 15 cases of assault, six cases of public disorder, two sexual assault cases, one child pornography case, one case of trying to procure an under-age child and one charge of corruption.’
      • ‘He had just been released from a two-year term for offences including procuring a woman to become a prostitute.’
      • ‘He is also charged with procuring a third woman to have unlawful sex and jointly charged with Nigel Coates of inciting her to perform a sex act with a dog.’
      • ‘Police charged Prachuab with procuring boys under the age of 15 for lewd conduct or forced human traffic.’
      • ‘Those provisions exist largely because it is recognised that people who operate brothels, who procure and live off the earnings of prostitutes, are essentially in an exploitative relationship.’
      • ‘He faces a further charge of procuring a woman to become a common prostitute at Huby between 1988 and 1995.’
      • ‘In 1974, police estimated that there were 400,000 prostitutes in Thailand, procured primarily for the U.S. military on R & R from the Vietnam War.’
      • ‘It was obvious to anyone paying any attention at all that the girls were procured as prostitutes for the night for the wealthy Middle Easterner.’
      • ‘This man, however, sexually abused the boy and procured him for sex with foreigners.’
      • ‘His main goal in life seemed to be the procuring of prostitutes in as many nations as possible, and he was keen to share his accumulated wisdom on this arcane topic.’
      • ‘She was aware of the King's private brothel, the Parc-aux-Cerfs, but most biographers and historians dismiss the charges that she procured young women for him as malicious court gossip.’
      • ‘The man was charged with using the Internet to procure a child under 16, using the Internet to expose a child to indecent material and possession of tainted property relating to computers.’
      be a pimp, be pimping
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  • 2Law
    Persuade or cause (someone) to do something:

    ‘he procured his wife to sign the mandate for the joint account’
    • ‘The person who was said to be the accessory in that case was a person who was not even present, let alone driving the car, but someone who was said to have procured the driver to drive a vehicle with defective brakes.’
    • ‘The issue is whether I should infer from the facts that ACP and/or the fifth defendant by one or more of their officers procured the employees to break their contracts of employment with intent that they should do so.’
    • ‘The obstruct justice charge related to an attempt to procure a witness to claim he had been driving the vehicle and had left before the police arrived.’
    1. 2.1archaic Cause (something) to happen:
      ‘he was charged with procuring the death of the Earl of Lancaster’
      • ‘Retail Credit Cards Ltd. was charged with aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring offences committed by another person under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.’
      • ‘Every person who, by willful perjury or subornation of perjury procures the conviction and execution of any innocent person, is punishable by death or life imprisonment without possibility of parole.’
      • ‘The officers had been acting as Agents provocateurs, and had procured the appellants to commit the offences.’
      • ‘The employee was acquitted of the principal offence, but the Court of Appeal upheld the employer's conviction for, essentially, procuring the actus reus.’
      • ‘The perjured evidence was not procured or knowingly adopted by Orion, nor was it given by someone who was part of the company's directing mind and will.’
      bring about, cause, contrive, effect
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Middle English: from Old French procurer, from Latin procurare take care of, manage, from pro- on behalf of + curare see to.