In an effort to expand my vocablurary, I’m trying to get a handle on the new to me word “procure”. Could you tell me if the following sounds OK to a native speaker, please?
- Computer A procures data whereby computer B calculates the curvature of space.
- Computer A acts as a data procurer for computer B.
Personally, I would avoid the word. The problem is that ‘procure’ and ‘procurer’ are associated in many people’s minds with prostitution or other nefarious trades. Here is one dictionary’s definition set:
Procure: –verb (used with object)
- to obtain or get by care, effort, or the use of special means: to procure evidence.
[b]2. to bring about, esp. by unscrupulous and indirect means: to procure secret documents.
- to obtain (a person) for the purpose of prostitution.[/b]
–verb (used without object)
4. to act as a procurer or pimp.
That is what I was afraid of.
Thanks for the tip, MM.