verb (used with object), pro·cured, pro·cur·ing.

  1. to obtain or get by care, effort, or the use of special means: to procure evidence.
  2. to bring about, especially by unscrupulous and indirect means: to procure secret documents.
  3. to obtain (a person) for the purpose of prostitution.

verb (used without object), pro·cured, pro·cur·ing.

  1. to act as a procurer or pimp.


  1. (tr) to obtain or acquire; secure
  2. to obtain (women or girls) to act as prostitutes

v.c.1300, “bring about, cause, effect,” from Old French procurer “care for, be occupied with; bring about, cause; acquire, provide” (13c.) and directly from Late Latin procurare “manage, take care of;” from pro- “in behalf of” (see pro-) + curare “care for” (see cure (v.)). Main modern sense “obtain; recruit” (late 14c.) is via “take pains to get” (mid-14c.). Meaning “to obtain (women) for sexual gratification” is attested from c.1600. Related: Procured; procuring.

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