In prison movies, there's always a character who is able to procure all sorts of contraband from the inside — magazines, playing cards, special soap. If you procure something, you get it or bring it about by special effort.

Procure's synonym obtain is a little formal, but less formal than procure itself. The noun procurement commonly refers to the obtaining of materials and supplies. Procure descends from Middle English procuren, from Old French procurer, "to take care of," from Latin prōcūrāre, formed from the prefix prō-, "for", plus cūrāre, "to care for."

Definitions of procure
  1. verb
    get by special effort
    synonyms: secure
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    procure (false testimony or perjury)
    secure a copyright on a written work
    obtain a patent for
    engage, enlist
    hire for work or assistance
    seek to employ
    type of:
    come into possession of
  2. verb
    arrange for sexual partners for others
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    type of:
    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
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