verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of obtain
Examples from the Web for obtain
In order to extend their legal residence in the United States, they had to obtain other visas.
Rebels in Africa trade in children to fund their conflicts and obtain child soldiers.
That McCulloch failed to obtain an indictment of Wilson means only one thing: He did not want to obtain an indictment.Prosecutor Used Grand Jury to Let Darren Wilson Walk|Tom Nolan|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The investigation stems from Dec. 2013 charges that 25 Russian diplomats allegedly tried to obtain fraudulent Medicaid benefits.
The interview then shifts to interrogation, which is a conversation intended to obtain inculpatory statements.
It is only through faith and love that a man can obtain blessedness.
Father intends to appeal to Parliament, but even in Parliament he fears he cannot obtain justice.Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall|Charles Major
By properly boiling the liquid and filtering it, you can obtain from it a perfectly transparent beef-tea.Fragments of science, V. 1-2|John Tyndall
You live in a land where instruction should not be difficult to obtain.The Fortunes Of Glencore|Charles James Lever
HOW to obtain the fruit which we felt convinced must grow near at hand was our first thought.Typee|Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for obtain
Word Origin for obtain
Word Origin and History for obtain
early 15c., from Middle French obtenir "acquire, obtain" (14c.), from Latin obtinere "hold, hold fast, take hold of, get possession of, acquire," from ob "to" (though perhaps intensive in this case; see ob-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Related: Obtained; obtaining.