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Definition of "obtain" []

  • To succeed in gaining possession of as the result of planning or endeavor; acquire. (verb-transitive)
  • To be established, accepted, or customary: "standards, proprieties that no longer obtain” ( Meg Greenfield). (verb-intransitive)
  • Archaic To succeed. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "obtain" in a sentence
  • "And the very things which the Jews speak of the Hebrew word obtain also in the Greek."
  • "Recently, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY) posted an Ethics Opinion commenting on the developing issue of what lawyers may properly obtain from the Internet concerning clients or adversaries."
  • "He seems not to accept "authority" in any terms other than those that might obtain from a guarantee of preservation from all error by the Spirit."