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Definitions of obtain

  1. To hold; to keep; to possess. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To get hold of by effort; to gain possession of; to procure; to acquire, in any way. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To get possession of; gain; acquire; as, to obtain knowledge; win; procure. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To lay hold of: to hold: to procure by effort: to gain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To gain; get. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To gain or have a firm footing; to become recognized or established; to become or be prevalent or general; as, the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To become held; to gain or have a firm footing; to be recognized or established; to subsist; to become prevalent or general; to prevail; as, the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To prevail; to succeed. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To be established in practice or use; to prevall or be in fashion; as, widely different customs obtain in different countries. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To be established: to continue in use: to become held or prevalent: to subsist: (rare) to succeed. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To be established or prevalent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. come into possession of; "How did you obtain the visa?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. To have place; be prevalent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To get possession of; to gain or procure; to hold. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. To be established in practice; to continue in use. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. To get possession of; to procure; to gain; to acquire; to continue in use; to be established in practice. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. Obtainablee. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for obtain

  1. He was out of a situation, and found it impossible to obtain one. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  2. The roads were bad, it was true, and the journey long; but Wogan had not the Prince's consent, and could not tell when he would obtain it. – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
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