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Meaning & Definition of Obtain in English

English

Obtain

/əbten/

verb

1. Come into possession of

  • "How did you obtain the visa?"
    synonym:
  • obtain

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • receive
  • ,
  • get
  • ,
  • find
  • ,
  • obtain
  • ,
  • incur

3. Be valid, applicable, or true

  • "This theory still holds"
    synonym:
  • prevail
  • ,
  • hold
  • ,
  • obtain

Examples of using

The sum of the ignorance of the Republican candidates in the primaries for the U.S. presidential election is simply mind-boggling: one is afraid that China will obtain nuclear weapons, which they have had for 100 years, and the other proposes to close the U.S. embassy in Iran, which has been closed for 100 years... Such stupidity at the head of the world's most powerful country gives one the shivers!
Scotland has set itself on a course to obtain independence from London.
Can you obtain this rare book for me?