Definition of


  1. (verb, change) receive a specified treatment (abstract)
    His movie received a good review
    I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions
  2. (verb, possession) come into possession of
  3. (verb, stative) be valid, applicable, or true

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Synonyms of Obtain

find, get, hold, incur, prevail, receive

Origin of the word Obtain

  1. c.1425, from M.Fr. obtenir (14c.), from L. obtinere "hold, take hold of, acquire," from ob "to" (though perhaps intensive in this case) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). more

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Words that sound like Obtain

obviation, often, ophidian, ophiodon, optimum, option, ovation

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