[ uhb-teyn ]
/ əbˈteɪn /
verb (used with object)
to come into possession of; get, acquire, or procure, as through an effort or by a request: to obtain permission; to obtain a better income.
Obsolete. to attain or reach.
verb (used without object)
to be prevalent, customary, or in vogue; prevail: the morals that obtained in Rome.
Archaic. to succeed.
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Origin of obtain
1375–1425; late Middle English obteinen, from Middle French obtenir, from Latin obtinēre “to take hold of,” equivalent to ob- ob- + -tinēre (combining form of tenēre “to hold”)
synonym study for obtain
1. See get.
OTHER WORDS FROM obtain
ob·tain·a·ble, adjectiveob·tain·a·bil·i·ty, nounob·tain·er, nounob·tain·ment, noun
pre·ob·tain, verb (used with object)pre·ob·tain·a·ble, adjectivere·ob·tain, verb (used with object)re·ob·tain·a·ble, adjectiveun·ob·tain·a·ble, adjectiveun·ob·tained, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for obtain
/ (əbˈteɪn) /
(tr) to gain possession of; acquire; get
(intr) to be customary, valid, or accepteda new law obtains in this case
(tr) archaic to arrive at
(intr) archaic to win a victory; succeed
Derived forms of obtainobtainable, adjectiveobtainability, nounobtainer, nounobtainment, noun
Word Origin for obtain
C15: via Old French from Latin obtinēre to take hold of, from ob- (intensive) + tenēre to hold
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