obtain

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. obstructive jaundice,
  2. obstructive murmur,
  3. obstructive thrombus,
  4. obstructivity,
  5. obstruent,
  6. obtainable,
  7. obtaining by deception,
  8. obtect,
  9. obtemper,
  10. obtest

Origin of obtain

1375–1425; late Middle English obteinen < Middle French obtenir < Latin obtinēre to take hold of, equivalent to ob- ob- + -tinēre (combining form of tenēre to hold)

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British Dictionary definitions for unobtainable

unobtainable

/ (ˌʌnəbˈteɪnəbəl) /

adjective

not able to be obtained

obtain

/ (əbˈteɪn) /

verb

(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 Formsobtainable, 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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Word Origin and History for unobtainable
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