Obtain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əbˈteɪn|  American pronunciation of the word obtain
Brit.  |əbˈteɪn|  British pronunciation of the word obtain


- come into possession of
How did you obtain the visa?
- receive a specified treatment (abstract) (syn: find, get, incur, receive)
- be valid, applicable, or true (syn: hold, prevail)

Extra examples

The information may be difficult to obtain.

We obtained a copy of the original letter.

These ideas no longer obtain for our generation.

I climbed to obtain a general view of the surrounding scene.

This situation generally obtains in early language learning.

These conditions no longer obtain.

Further information can be obtained from head office.

You will need to obtain permission from the principal.

How did you obtain the visa?

The company is accused of employing questionable methods to obtain the contract.

...the early efforts by the suffragists to obtain voting rights for women were met with ridicule...

People unable to obtain places were inconveniently crowded about the gangways.

Obtain postage stamps, and affix them carefully to the letters.

It is sufficient to levigate them with water to obtain them very white.

We managed to obtain another pin of beer.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: obtain
he/she/it: obtains
present participle: obtaining
past tense: obtained
past participle: obtained
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