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Definition of procure verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    procure

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//prəˈkjʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈkjʊr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they procure
    BrE BrE//prəˈkjʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈkjʊr//
     
    he / she / it procures
    BrE BrE//prəˈkjʊəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈkjʊrz//
     
    past simple procured
    BrE BrE//prəˈkjʊəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈkjʊrd//
     
    past participle procured
    BrE BrE//prəˈkjʊəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈkjʊrd//
     
    -ing form procuring
    BrE BrE//prəˈkjʊərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈkjʊrɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] (formal) to obtain something, especially with difficulty procure something (for somebody/something) She managed to procure a ticket for the concert. They procured a copy of the report for us. procure somebody something They procured us a copy of the report.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] procure (somebody) to provide a prostitute for somebody He was accused of procuring under-age girls.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French procurer, from Latin procurare ‘take care of, manage’, from pro- ‘on behalf of’ + curare ‘see to’.
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