You must obtain a passport to travel abroad.
To get a passport in order to travel abroad is an example of obtain.
- to get possession of, esp. by some effort; procure
- Archaic to arrive at; reach or achieve
Origin of obtainMiddle English obteinen from Old French obtenir from Classical Latin obtinere, to obtain, prevail, maintain from ob- (see ob-) + tenere, to hold: see tenant
- to be in force or in effect; prevail: a law that no longer obtains
- Archaic to succeed
verbob·tained, ob·tain·ing, ob·tains
- To be in existence, in effect, or customary: “standards, proprieties that no longer obtain” ( Meg Greenfield )
- Archaic To succeed.
Origin of obtainMiddle English obteinen from Old French obtenir from Latin obtinēre ob- intensive pref. ; see ob- . tenēre to hold ; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present obtains, present participle obtaining, simple past and past participle obtained)
- To get hold of; to gain possession of, to procure; to acquire, in any way. [from 15th c.]
- 1701, Jonathan Swift, Contests and Dissentions in Athens and Rome:
- This, though it failed at present, yet afterward obtained, and was a mighty step to the ruin of the commonwealth.
- (intransitive) To exist or be the case; to hold true, be in force. [from 17th c.]