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.

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

  2. obtain(Verb)

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

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

  3. obtain(Verb)

    To prevail, be victorious; to succeed.

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

  4. obtain(Verb)

    To hold; to keep, possess or occupy.

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

  5. obtain(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. obtain

    To get hold of by effort; to gain possession of.

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

How to pronounce obtain?

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How to say obtain in sign language?

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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. John Ray:

    They did a very inadequate job, not once has anyone with the police department reached out to me to say, 'Hey what do you have? Is there anything you have that could help us?' I've managed to obtain substantial records in this case which I am certain the police never tried to obtain.

  2. Jean Anouilh:

    Poor little men, poor little cocks! As soon as they're old enough, they swell their plumage to be conquerors. If they only knew that it's enough to be just a little bit wounded and sad in order to obtain everything without fighting for it.

  3. Brandon Brown:

    We really need the universities themselves to distribute health information to their community during an outbreak situation to ensure that members obtain information( that’s) as correct as possible, versus getting information from social media which may be flawed or incorrect.

  4. Roger Stone:

    Roger Stone replied that Roger Stone was doing everything possible to address the issues at the highest level of Government. Pentagon Papers showe the extent of the FBIs surveillance, which included monitoring essentially all of Stones Apple services, from email to browsing history. Utility bills, address books, WhatsApp messages -- all were also under the bureaus review. Additionally, records illustrate the Trump campaigns curiosity about what information WikiLeaks was going to make public -- and reinforce Robert Muellers conclusion that the Donald Trump team didnt conspire with WikiLeaks or Russian hackers to obtain the materials.Former White House adviser Steve Bannon told Robert Muellers team under questioning that Steve Bannon had asked Stone about WikiLeaks because Robert Muellers had heard that Roger Stone had a channel to Assange, and he was hoping for more releases of damaging information. Muellers investigation identifiedcontacts during the 2016 campaign between Donald Trump associates and Russians, but did not identify any conspiracy to tip the outcome of the presidential election. The lengthy investigation fueled numerous conspiracy theories that aired regularly on MSNBC and CNN, as well as in print inThe Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. FILE - This Feb. 21, 2019, file courtroom sketch shows former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone talking from the witness stand as prosecution attorney Jonathan Kravis, standing left, Stone's attorney Bruce Rogow, third from right, and Judge Amy Berman Jackson listen, during a court hearing at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington. Jonathan Kravis will run a new public corruption unit at the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General, which has jurisdiction over juvenile offenses as well as misdemeanor crimes. ( Dana Verkouteren via Associated Press, File) In a statement Tuesday, Roger Stone acknowledged that the search warrant affidavits contain private communication, but insisted that they prove no crimes. I have no trepidation about their release as they confirm there was no illegal activity and certainly no Russian collusion by me during the 2016 Election.

  5. Equifax Inc:

    Consumers trust and expect that their credit reports contain the most accurate and complete data possible, and lenders rely on that information to help millions of consumers obtain the right loans at the right time.

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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
  • ได้รับThai
  • حاصل کریںUrdu

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