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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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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?) John Milton
      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.
  5. (obsolete) To solicit; to entreat.
    • (Can we date this quote?) 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.

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  • procure” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.

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procure f

  1. plural of procura

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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.