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Definitions of obtain

  1. receive a specified treatment (abstract); "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. come into possession of; "How did you obtain the visa?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Obtainable. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. 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
  6. To hold; to keep; to possess. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To get hold of by effort; to gain possession of; to procure; to acquire, in any way. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. To prevail; to succeed. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. To lay hold of: to hold: to procure by effort: to gain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. 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.
  14. To be established or prevalent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. To gain; get. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To bring into one's own possession; get attain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To have place; be prevalent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Obtainablee. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. To get possession of; to gain or procure; to hold. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. To be established in practice; to continue in use. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. 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.
  22. To gain or have a firm footing; to be recognized or established; to become prevalent or general; to prevail; as, the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer. dictgcide_fs
  23. ob-t[=a]n', v.t. to lay hold of: to hold: to procure by effort: to gain: to keep possession of.--v.i. to be established: to continue in use: to become customary or prevalent: to hold good: (rare) to succeed.--adj. OBTAIN'ABLE, that may be obtained, procured, or acquired.--ns. OBTAIN'ER; OBTAIN'MENT; OBTEN'TION, procurement.--OBTAIN TO (Bacon), to attain to. [Fr.,--L. obtin[=e]re--ob, upon, ten[=e]re, to hold.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. Acquire, secure, have granted one, get, whence obtainment n. (rare), obtainable a.; be prevalent or established or in vogue. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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