Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To get by special effort; obtain or acquire.
  • intransitive verb To bring about; effect.
  • intransitive verb To obtain (a sexual partner) for another.
  • intransitive verb To obtain sexual partners for others.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To care for; give attention to; look after.
  • To bring about by care and pains; effect; contrive and effect; induce; cause: as, he procured a law to be passed.
  • To obtain, as by request, loan, effort, labor, or purchase; get; gain; come into possession of.
  • To prevail with unto some end; lead; bring.
  • To solicit; urge earnestly.
  • Synonyms To provide, furnish, secure, compass.
  • Obtain, etc. See attain.
  • To pander; pimp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To pimp.
  • intransitive verb Scot. To manage business for another in court.
  • transitive verb To bring into possession; to cause to accrue to, or to come into possession of; to acquire or provide for one's self or for another; to gain; to get; to obtain by any means, as by purchase or loan.
  • transitive verb To contrive; to bring about; to effect; to cause.
  • transitive verb obsolete To solicit; to entreat.
  • transitive verb obsolete To cause to come; to bring; to attract.
  • transitive verb To obtain for illicit intercourse or prostitution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To acquire or obtain an item or service, sometimes rare, usually by extra effort.
  • verb transitive To obtain a person as a prostitute for somebody else.
  • verb transitive, criminal law To induce or persuade someone to do something.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb arrange for sexual partners for others
  • verb get by special effort

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English procuren, from Old French procurer, to take care of, from Latin prōcūrāre : prō-, for; see pro– + cūrāre, to care for (from cūra, care; see cure).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French procurer, from Late Latin procurare ("to take for, take care of, manage"), from pro- ("in behalf of") with curare ("care for").

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  • First, he notes that the signature that Gonzales and Card were trying to procure from the incapacitated John Ashcroft was a protocol that the President himself had established "to internally discipline an exercise of power."

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  • First, he notes that the signature that Gonzales and Card were trying to procure from the incapacitated John Ashcroft was a protocol that the President himself had established "to internally discipline an exercise of power."

    Balkinization

  • First, he notes that the signature that Gonzales and Card were trying to procure from the incapacitated John Ashcroft was a protocol that the President himself had established "to internally discipline an exercise of power."

    Balkinization

  • First, he notes that the signature that Gonzales and Card were trying to procure from the incapacitated John Ashcroft was a protocol that the President himself had established "to internally discipline an exercise of power."

    Balkinization

  • First, he notes that the signature that Gonzales and Card were trying to procure from the incapacitated John Ashcroft was a protocol that the President himself had established "to internally discipline an exercise of power."

    Balkinization

  • First, he notes that the signature that Gonzales and Card were trying to procure from the incapacitated John Ashcroft was a protocol that the President himself had established "to internally discipline an exercise of power."

    Balkinization

  • First, he notes that the signature that Gonzales and Card were trying to procure from the incapacitated John Ashcroft was a protocol that the President himself had established "to internally discipline an exercise of power."

    Balkinization

  • First, he notes that the signature that Gonzales and Card were trying to procure from the incapacitated John Ashcroft was a protocol that the President himself had established "to internally discipline an exercise of power."

    Balkinization

  • First, he notes that the signature that Gonzales and Card were trying to procure from the incapacitated John Ashcroft was a protocol that the President himself had established "to internally discipline an exercise of power."

    Balkinization

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