Obtain meaning

əb-tān', ŏb-
The definition of obtain is to get or acquire.

To get a passport in order to travel abroad is an example of obtain.

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To succeed in gaining possession of as the result of planning or endeavor; acquire.
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To succeed.
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To succeed.
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To get hold of; to gain possession of, to procure; to acquire, in any way. [from 15th c.]
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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.

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(intransitive) To exist or be the case; to hold true, be in force. [from 17th c.]
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To be in existence, in effect, or customary.
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To get possession of, esp. by some effort; procure.
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To arrive at; reach or achieve.
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To be in force or in effect; prevail.

A law that no longer obtains.

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Origin of obtain

  • Middle English obteinen from Old French obtenir from Latin obtinēre ob- intensive pref. ob– tenēre to hold ten- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman obtenir, optiner et al., and Middle French obtenir, from Latin obtinÄ“re (“to gain, achieve, succeed, possess"), from ob- + tenÄ“re (“to hold").
    From Wiktionary