pro·cure (prō-kyr, prə-)
v. pro·cured, pro·cur·ing, pro·cures
1. To get by special effort; obtain or acquire: managed to procure a pass.
2. To bring about; effect: procure a solution to a knotty problem.
3. To obtain (a sexual partner) for another.
To obtain sexual partners for others.
[Middle English procuren, from Old French procurer, to take care of, from Latin prōcūrāre : prō-, for; see PRO-1 + cūrāre, to care for (from cūra, care; see CURE).]
pro·curance, pro·curement n.
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