Definition of obtain verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    obtain

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əbˈteɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈteɪn//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they obtain
    BrE BrE//əbˈteɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈteɪn//
     
    he / she / it obtains
    BrE BrE//əbˈteɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈteɪnz//
     
    past simple obtained
    BrE BrE//əbˈteɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈteɪnd//
     
    past participle obtained
    BrE BrE//əbˈteɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈteɪnd//
     
    -ing form obtaining
    BrE BrE//əbˈteɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈteɪnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] obtain something to get something, especially by making an effort to obtain advice/information/permission I finally managed to obtain a copy of the report. Further details can be obtained by writing to the above address. To obtain the overall score, add up the totals in each column.
  2. 2[intransitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) (of rules, systems, customs, etc.) to exist synonym apply These conditions no longer obtain.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French obtenir, from Latin obtinere ‘obtain, gain’.Extra examples Details of this offer can be obtained from any of our stores. It is necessary to obtain the patients’ consent. Such information is easily obtained from the Internet. The company claims to have obtained its database of names by legitimate means. The local authority may assist you to obtain alternative accommodation. goods which are difficult to obtain I finally manged to obtain a copy of the report. I’ve been trying to obtain permission to publish this material.
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