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"
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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. obtinēre—ob, upon, tenēre, to hold.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
To get hold of by effort; to gain possession of.
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
The numerical value of obtain in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of obtain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of obtain in a Sentence
Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.
To obtain a man's opinion of you, make him mad.
By asking for the impossible we obtain the possible.
I will finally have the chance to obtain an identity.
By asking for the impossible, obtain the best possible.
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Translations for obtain
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- erlangen, bestehenGerman
- hankkia, olla, olla olemassa, pitää hallussaanFinnish
- obtenir, s'établir, se procurer, avoir, réussir, avoir succèsFrench
- 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
- dostać, nabyć, dostawać, otrzymać, uzyskać, uzyskiwać, nabywać, otrzymywaćPolish
- reuși, avea succes, a se stabili, obține, aveaRomanian
- достать, получать, доставать, добывать, получить, добытьRussian
- حاصل کریںUrdu
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