- 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.
- to be prevalent, customary, or in vogue; prevail: the morals that obtained in Rome.
- Archaic. to succeed.
Origin of obtain
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Related Words for obtainmentaddition, purchase, procurement, recovery, gain, possession, buy, prize, winning, attainment, acquirement, pursuit, learning, accretion, property, salvage, retrieval, achievement, redemption, acquiring
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Historical Examples of obtainment
On the other hand, the idea of an obtainment is simply that of a gift.The Theology of Holiness
It will certainly prove a valuable factor in the obtainment of passenger traffic.A Report on Washington Territory
William Henry Ruffner
The gentleman set out by congratulating the electors of Dudley on the obtainment of the elective franchise.
The means for the obtainment of a simply classical education are now at the very door.
The Atharva-veda adds that he set down a stone on the ground, asking the bride to step upon it for the obtainment of offspring.A History of Sanskrit Literature
Arthur A. MacDonell
- (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