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1. 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. If we procure not to ourselves more woe. (milton)

2. To contrive; to bring about; to effect; to cause. By all means possible they procure to have gold and silver among them in reproach. (Robynson (More's utopia)) Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall. (Shak)

3. To solicit; to entreat. The famous Briton prince and faery knight, . . . Of the fair Alma greatly were procured To make there longer sojourn and abode. (Spenser)

4. To cause to come; to bring; to attract. What unaccustomed cause procures her hither? (Shak)

5. To obtain for illicit intercourse or prostitution.

Synonym: See attain.

Origin: F. Procurer, L. Procurare, procuratum, to take care of; pro for _ curare to take care, fr. Cura care. See Cure, and cf. Proctor, Proxy.

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