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[uh b-teyn] /əbˈteɪn/

verb (used with object)
to come into possession of; get, acquire, or procure, as through an effort or by a request:
to obtain permission; to obtain a better income.
Obsolete. to attain or reach.
verb (used without object)
to be prevalent, customary, or in vogue; prevail:
the morals that obtained in Rome.
Archaic. to succeed.
(transitive) to gain possession of; acquire; get
(intransitive) to be customary, valid, or accepted: a new law obtains in this case
(transitive) (archaic) to arrive at
(intransitive) (archaic) to win a victory; succeed

early 15c., from Middle French obtenir “acquire, obtain” (14c.), from Latin obtinere “hold, hold fast, take hold of, get possession of, acquire,” from ob “to” (though perhaps intensive in this case; see ob-) + tenere “to hold” (see tenet). Related: Obtained; obtaining.


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