Definitions for obtainəbˈteɪn
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word obtain
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to come into possession of; get, acquire, or procure, as through effort or request.
Obs. to attain or reach.
(v.i.)to be prevalent, customary, or in vogue:
the morals that obtained in Rome.
Archaic. to succeed.
Origin of obtain:
1375–1425; < MF obtenir蠐 L obtinēre to take hold of =ob-ob-+-tinēre, comb. form of tenere to hold
come into possession of
"How did you obtain the visa?"
receive, get, find, obtain, incur(verb)
receive a specified treatment (abstract)
"These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"
prevail, hold, obtain(verb)
be valid, applicable, or true
"This theory still holds"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to get sth, usually through effort
You must pass the test in order to obtain a license.; She obtained legal advice from a friend studying law.
To get hold of; to gain possession of, to procure; to acquire, in any way.
To secure (that) a specific objective or state of affairs be reached.
To prevail, be victorious; to succeed.
To hold; to keep, possess or occupy.
To exist or be the case; to hold true, be in force.
Origin: From obtenir, optiner et al., and obtenir, from obtinere, from ob- + tenere.
to hold; to keep; to possess
to get hold of by effort; to gain possession of; to procure; to acquire, in any way
to become held; to gain or have a firm footing; to be recognized or established; to subsist; to become prevalent or general; to prevail; as, the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer
to prevail; to succeed
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'obtain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2198
Rank popularity for the word 'obtain' in Verbs Frequency: #175
Translations for obtain
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to get; to become the possessor of
He obtained a large sum of money by buying and selling houses.
- verkry, bekomAfrikaans
- يَنال، يَحْصَل عَلىArabic
- obterPortuguese (BR)
- αποκτώ, εξασφαλίζωGreek
- obtener, conseguirSpanish
- بدست آوردنFarsi
- प्राप्त करना, अस्तित्व में होनाHindi
- dobiti, osvojitiCroatian
- iegūt, dabūtLatvian
- få, skaffe seg, oppnåNorwegian
- بدست آوردنPersian
- لاس ته راوړلPashto
- a obţineRomanian
- pridobiti (si)Slovenian
- [lyckas] få, skaffa sigSwedish
- elde etmekTurkish
- 獲得Chinese (Trad.)
- одержувати; діставатиUkrainian
- حاصل کرناUrdu
- đạt đượcVietnamese
- 获得Chinese (Simp.)
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