procure

procure c.1300, "bring about, cause, effect," from O.Fr. procurer (13c.), from L.L. procurare "to take for, take care of," in classical Latin, "manage, take care of;" from pro- "in behalf of" (see PRO- (Cf. pro-)) + curare "care for" (see CURE (Cf. cure)). Main modern sense is via "taking pains to get" (mid-14c.). Meaning "to obtain (women) for sexual gratification" is attested from c.1600. Related: Procured; procuring.

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  • procure — [ prɔkyr ] n. f. • 1743; « procuration » 1265; de procurer ♦ Relig. 1 ♦ Office de procureur dans certaines maisons et communautés religieuses. Adjoint à procure. ♢ Bureaux, logement du procureur d un couvent. 2 ♦ Magasin d objets de piété. ●… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • procure — pro‧cure [prəˈkjʊə ǁ proʊˈkjʊr] verb [transitive] formal to obtain something that is needed for a particular task: • Companies in the industry reported difficulty in procuring raw materials. • Investors showed faith in Pathé s ability to procure… …   Financial and business terms

  • procure — pro·cure /prə kyu̇r/ vt pro·cured, pro·cur·ing: to obtain, induce, or cause to take place pro·cur·able adj pro·cur·er n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Procure — Pro*cure , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Procured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Procuring}.] [F. procurer, L. procurare, procuratum, to take care of; pro for + curare to take care, fr. cura care. See {Cure}, and cf. {Proctor}, {Proxy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To bring… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • procure — [prō kyoor′, prəkyoor′] vt. procured, procuring [ME procuren < MFr procurer, to procure < L procurare, to take care of, attend to < pro (see PRO 2) + curare, to attend to < cura, care (see CURE)] 1. to get or bring about by some… …   English World dictionary

  • Procure — Pro*cure , v. i. [1913 Webster] 1. To pimp. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To manage business for another in court. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • procuré — procuré, ée (pro ku ré, rée) part. passé de procurer …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • procure — *get, obtain, secure, acquire, gain, win Analogous words: *negotiate, arrange, concert: *reach, compass, gain, achieve, attain …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • procure — [v] acquire, obtain annex, appropriate, bring around, buy, buy out, buy up, come by, compass, cop*, corral, draw, earn, effect, find, gain, get, get hold of, grab, have, induce, land*, latch on to, lay hands on, make a haul*, manage to get*,… …   New thesaurus

  • procuré — Procuré, [procur]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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