procure

See also: procuré

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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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VerbEdit

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

  1. (transitive) To acquire or obtain.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Milton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      if we procure not to ourselves more woe
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 6, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473:
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Ralph Robinson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) (translator), Thomas More, Utopia
      By all means possible they procure to have gold and silver among them in reproach.
      c. 1594, William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, published 1623, [Act I, scene i]:
      Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall.
  5. (obsolete) To solicit; to entreat.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.

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ReferencesEdit

  • procure” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.

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FrenchEdit

VerbEdit

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. third-person singular present subjunctive of procurer
  5. second-person singular imperative of procurer

ItalianEdit

NounEdit

procure f

  1. plural of procura

PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

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

SpanishEdit

VerbEdit

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.