obtain

Obtain means to get something that is not so easy to come by such as knowledge, rights, or a large amount of money. You wouldn't say you obtained a pair of pants, unless they were one of a kind.

At times in its history, obtain has meant to be victorious or to succeed. Today, it mostly means to acquire, but keeping its prior meanings in mind helps you to use it in the right way. College degrees are something that you obtain as is permission from your parents to go to a party. When you obtain something, you have worked hard to get it, so you are pretty happy to have it.

Primary Meanings of obtain

1.
v
come into possession of
2.
v
be valid, applicable, or true
Full Definitions of obtain
1

v come into possession of

“How did you obtain the visa?”
Types:
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carry
secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions)
dig up, excavate, turn up
find by digging in the ground
extort, wring from
get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
kite
get credit or money by using a bad check
source
get (a product) from another country or business
procure, secure
get by special effort
extract
get despite difficulties or obstacles
take out
obtain by legal or official process
get in, get into
secure a place in a college, university, etc.
eke out, squeeze out
obtain with difficulty
bum, cadge, grub, mooch, sponge
ask for and get free; be a parasite
derive, gain
obtain
shop
do one's shopping
snag
get by acting quickly and smartly
grab
obtain illegally or unscrupulously
suborn
procure (false testimony or perjury)
grub out, grub up
dig up
nuzzle
dig out with the snout
prise, pry
make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry
copyright
secure a copyright on a written work
patent
obtain a patent for
engage, enlist
hire for work or assistance
freeload
live off somebody's generosity
draw, reap
get or derive
market
buy household supplies
outsource
obtain goods or services from an outside supplier; to contract work out
disinter, exhume
dig up for reburial or for medical investigation; of dead bodies
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v receive a specified treatment (abstract)

Synonyms:
find, get, incur, receive
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
Types:
take
ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
2

v be valid, applicable, or true

Synonyms:
hold, prevail
Type of:
be, exist
have an existence, be extant

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