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Procurement is the acquisition of goods or services. It is favorable that the goods/services are appropriate and that they are procured at the best possible cost to meet the needs of the purchaser in terms of quality and quantity, time, and location (Weele 2010) .

procure v 1: get by special effort; "He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed" [syn: {secure}] 2: arrange for sexual partners for others [syn: {pander}, {pimp}]

132 Moby Thesaurus words for "procure": accomplish, acquire, annex, appropriate, argue into, arouse, bag, be seized of, bring, bring about, bring around, bring back, bring forth, bring on, bring out, bring to light, buy, buy back, buy in, buy into, buy off, buy on credit, buy up, call for, call forth, call out, call up, capture, carry, catch, cause, chase after, come by, come in for, come into, compass, complete a purchase, contract, contrive, convince, corner, corral, decide, deduce, derive, determine, dispose, drag down, drag out, draw, draw down, draw forth, draw in, draw on, draw out, earn, educe, effect, elicit, engage, engross, enlist, enter into possession, evoke, fetch, fetch and carry, find, gain, get, get from, get out of, get to do, go after, go and get, go fetch, go for, go get, go to get, harvest, have, incline, induce, influence, inspire, instigate, interest in, land, lead, lure, make, make a buy, monopolize, motivate, net, obtain, pander, persuade, pick up, pimp, prevail, produce, prompt, prostitute, provoke, pull down, purchase, reap, rebuy, regrate, repurchase, requisition, retrieve, rouse, run after, sack, score, secure, shag, stimulate, summon forth, summon up, superinduce, sway, take, tempt, wangle, wangle out of, win, win over, winkle out, worm out, worm out of

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 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. [1913 Webster] If we procure not to ourselves more woe. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To contrive; to bring about; to effect; to cause. [1913 Webster] By all means possible they procure to have gold and silver among them in reproach. --Robynson (More's Utopia) . [1913 Webster] Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To solicit; to entreat. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The famous Briton prince and faery knight, . . . Of the fair Alma greatly were procured To make there longer sojourn and abode. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 4. To cause to come; to bring; to attract. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] What unaccustomed cause procures her hither? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. To obtain for illicit intercourse or prostitution. [1913 Webster] Syn: See {Attain}. [1913 Webster]

Procure \Pro*cure"\, v. i. [1913 Webster] 1. To pimp. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To manage business for another in court. [Scot.] [1913 Webster]


Purchasing refers to a business or organization attempting to acquiring goods or services to accomplish the goals of its enterprise.

purchase n 1: the acquisition of something for payment; "they closed the purchase with a handshake" 2: something acquired by purchase 3: a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage; "he could get no purchase on the situation" 4: the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever [syn: {leverage}] v : obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; "The family purchased a new car"; "The conglomerate acquired a new company"; "She buys for the big department store" [syn: {buy}] [ant: {sell}]

135 Moby Thesaurus words for "purchase": achieve, acquire, acquiring, acquisition, advantage, approach, ascendancy, attain, authority, bear hug, bite, bribe, buy, buy back, buy in, buy into, buy off, buy on credit, buy up, buying, charisma, charm, clamp, clasp, clench, clinch, cling, clinging, clout, clutch, complete a purchase, consequence, control, corner, corrupt, credit, death grip, dominance, domination, edge, effect, embrace, eminence, enchantment, engross, esteem, favor, firm hold, fix, foothold, footing, footplate, footrail, footrest, force, gain, get, get at, get to, good feeling, grapple, grasp, grease, grease the palm, grip, gripe, hold, hug, importance, incidental power, influence, influentiality, insinuation, iron grip, leadership, leverage, locus standi, magnetism, make a buy, mastery, moment, monopolize, nip, obtain, obtaining, pay for, pay off, perch, personality, persuasion, position, potency, power, predominance, preponderance, pressure, prestige, procure, procurement, purchasing, reach, realize, rebuy, regrate, reign, repurchase, repute, rule, say, secure, securing, seizure, stance, stand, standing, standing place, suasion, suborn, subtle influence, suggestion, support, supremacy, sway, tackle, take, take care of, tamper with, tickle the palm, tight grip, toehold, traction, upper hand, weight, whip hand, win

Purchase \Pur"chase\ (?; 48), n. [OE. purchds, F. pourchas eager pursuit. See {Purchase}, v. t.] 1. The act of seeking, getting, or obtaining anything. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I'll . . . get meat to have thee, Or lose my life in the purchase. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of seeking and acquiring property. [1913 Webster] 3. The acquisition of title to, or properly in, anything for a price; buying for money or its equivalent. [1913 Webster] It is foolish to lay out money in the purchase of repentance. --Franklin. [1913 Webster] 4. That which is obtained, got, or acquired, in any manner, honestly or dishonestly; property; possession; acquisition. --Chaucer. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] We met with little purchase upon this coast, except two small vessels of Golconda. --De Foe. [1913 Webster] A beauty-waning and distressed widow . . . Made prize and purchase of his lustful eye. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. That which is obtained for a price in money or its equivalent. ``The scrip was complete evidence of his right in the purchase.'' --Wheaton. [1913 Webster] 6. Any mechanical hold, or advantage, applied to the raising or removing of heavy bodies, as by a lever, a tackle, capstan, and the like; also, the apparatus, tackle, or device by which the advantage is gained. [1913 Webster] A politician, to do great things, looks for a power -- what our workmen call a purchase. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 7. (Law) Acquisition of lands or tenements by other means than descent or inheritance, namely, by one's own act or agreement. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] {Purchase criminal}, robbery. [Obs.] --Spenser. {Purchase money}, the money paid, or contracted to be paid, for anything bought. --Berkeley. {Worth [so many] years' purchase}, or {At [so many] years' purchase}, a phrase by which the value or cost of a thing is expressed in the length of time required for the income to amount to the purchasing price; as, he bought the estate at a twenty years' purchase. To say one's life is {not worth a day's purchase} in the same as saying one will not live a day, or is in imminent peril. [1913 Webster]

Purchase \Pur"chase\, v. i. 1. To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert one's self. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Duke John of Brabant purchased greatly that the Earl of Flanders should have his daughter in marriage. --Ld. Berners. [1913 Webster] 2. To acquire wealth or property. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Sure our lawyers Would not purchase half so fast. --J. Webster. [1913 Webster]

Purchase \Pur"chase\ (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Purchased}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Purchasing}.] [OE. purchasen, porchacen, OF. porchacier, purchacier, to pursue, to seek eagerly, F. pourchasser; OF. pour, por, pur, for (L. pro) + chacier to pursue, to chase. See {Chase}.] 1. To pursue and obtain; to acquire by seeking; to gain, obtain, or acquire. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] That loves the thing he can not purchase. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Your accent is Something finer than you could purchase in so removed a dwelling. --Shak. [1913 Webster] His faults . . . hereditary Rather than purchased. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To obtain by paying money or its equivalent; to buy for a price; as, to purchase land, or a house. [1913 Webster] The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth. --Gen. xxv. 10. [1913 Webster] 3. To obtain by any outlay, as of labor, danger, or sacrifice, etc.; as, to purchase favor with flattery. [1913 Webster] One poor retiring minute . . . Would purchase thee a thousand thousand friends. --Shak. [1913 Webster] A world who would not purchase with a bruise? --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. To expiate by a fine or forfeit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Not tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. (Law) (a) To acquire by any means except descent or inheritance. --Blackstone. (b) To buy for a price. [1913 Webster] 6. To apply to (anything) a device for obtaining a mechanical advantage; to get a purchase upon, or apply a purchase to; as, to purchase a cannon. [1913 Webster]

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  • procure: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • procure: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • procure: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • procure: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • purchase: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • purchase: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • purchase: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • purchase: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • purchase: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • purchase: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)

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