What does obtain mean?

Definitions for obtain
əbˈteɪnob·tain

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word obtain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. obtain(verb)

    come into possession of

    "How did you obtain the visa?"

  2. 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"

  3. prevail, hold, obtain(verb)

    be valid, applicable, or true

    "This theory still holds"

Wiktionary

  1. obtain(Verb)

    To get hold of; to gain possession of, to procure; to acquire, in any way.

  2. obtain(Verb)

    To secure (that) a specific objective or state of affairs be reached.

  3. obtain(Verb)

    To prevail, be victorious; to succeed.

  4. obtain(Verb)

    To hold; to keep, possess or occupy.

  5. obtain(Verb)

    To exist or be the case; to hold true, be in force.

  6. Origin: From obtenir, optiner et al., and obtenir, from obtinere, from ob- + tenere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obtain(verb)

    to hold; to keep; to possess

  2. Obtain(verb)

    to get hold of by effort; to gain possession of; to procure; to acquire, in any way

  3. Obtain(verb)

    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

  4. Obtain(verb)

    to prevail; to succeed

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obtain

    ob-tān′, v.t. to lay hold of: to hold: to procure by effort: to gain: to keep possession of.—v.i. to be established: to continue in use: to become customary or prevalent: to hold good: (rare) to succeed.—adj. Obtain′able, that may be obtained, procured, or acquired.—ns. Obtain′er; Obtain′ment; Obten′tion, procurement.—Obtain to (Bacon), to attain to. [Fr.,—L. obtinēreob, upon, tenēre, to hold.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'obtain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2198

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'obtain' in Verbs Frequency: #175

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obtain in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obtain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of obtain in a Sentence

  1. Doris Lessing:

    Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.

  2. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    To obtain a man's opinion of you, make him mad.

  3. Italian Proverb:

    By asking for the impossible we obtain the possible.

  4. Jamal Hussain:

    I will finally have the chance to obtain an identity.

  5. Italian Proverb:

    By asking for the impossible, obtain the best possible.

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Translations for obtain

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  • حصلArabic
  • získatCzech
  • erlangen, bestehenGerman
  • obtenerSpanish
  • hankkia, olla, olla olemassa, pitää hallussaanFinnish
  • obtenir, s'établir, se procurer, avoir, réussir, avoir succèsFrench
  • प्राप्तHindi
  • kap, megkap, hozzájutHungarian
  • avere, ottenere, riuscire, stabilirsiItalian
  • 持つ, 取得, 獲得, 持っている, 手に入れる, 成し遂げるJapanese
  • 갖다, 얻다, 이루다, 굳히다Korean
  • په‌یداکردن, ده‌سکه‌وتنKurdish
  • teneo, assequor, succedo, consequor, impetro, obtineoLatin
  • iegūt, būt, dabūtLatvian
  • verkrijgenDutch
  • dostać, nabyć, dostawać, otrzymać, uzyskać, uzyskiwać, nabywać, otrzymywaćPolish
  • obterPortuguese
  • reuși, avea succes, a se stabili, obține, aveaRomanian
  • достать, получать, доставать, добывать, получить, добытьRussian
  • erhållaSwedish
  • సమకూర్చుకొనుTelugu
  • حاصل کریںUrdu

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