Definitions of obtain

  1. 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"
  2. be valid, applicable, or true; " This theory still holds"
  3. come into possession of; " How did you obtain the visa?"
  4. Obtainable.
  5. To gain or have a firm footing; to become recognized or established; to become or be prevalent or general; as, the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer.
  6. To hold; to keep; to possess.
  7. To get hold of by effort; to gain possession of; to procure; to acquire, in any way.
  8. To become held; to gain or have a firm footing; to be recognized or established; to subsist; to become prevalent or general; to prevail; as, the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer.
  9. To prevail; to succeed.
  10. To get possession of; gain; acquire; as, to obtain knowledge; win; procure.
  11. To be established in practice or use; to prevall or be in fashion; as, widely different customs obtain in different countries.
  12. To lay hold of: to hold: to procure by effort: to gain.
  13. To be established: to continue in use: to become held or prevalent: to subsist: ( rare) to succeed.
  14. To be established or prevalent.
  15. To gain; get.
  16. To bring into one's own possession; get attain.
  17. To have place; be prevalent.
  18. Obtainablee.
  19. To get possession of; to gain or procure; to hold.
  20. To be established in practice; to continue in use.
  21. To get possession of; to procure; to gain; to acquire; to continue in use; to be established in practice.

Usage examples for obtain

  1. " I was told I might obtain some here," Penny plunged on. – Ghost Beyond the Gate by Mildred A. Wirt
  2. I then got a person, with whom I had no connection, to speak to a waiting- woman of the Duchesse de Ruffec, to obtain an interview with the woman. – The Memoirs of Louis XV. and XVI., Volume 2 Being Secret Memoirs of Madame du Hausset, Lady's Maid to Madame de Pompadour, and of an Unknown English Girl and The Princess Lamballe by Madame du Hausset, and of an Unknown English Girl and the Princess Lamballe
  3. I was sent to obtain them. – London to Ladysmith via Pretoria by Winston Spencer Churchill
  4. A greater reason for being of service to you; if I were not to know what is going on in that direction I should not be of any service at all, and consequently you would not obtain any advantage from my acquaintance. – Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  5. It might well have lost him the very assistance he seemed so anxious to obtain. – Four Weird Tales by Algernon Blackwood
  6. Madame Chebe had tried to obtain an interview with her son- in- law, whom she pitied and loved; but the mere appearance of her palm- leaf shawl on the steps put Sidonie's husband to flight. – Fromont and Risler, Complete by Alphonse Daudet Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  7. Could he not obtain in- door work? – The Vultures by Henry Seton Merriman
  8. Why should he deny himself happiness when it was so much to be desired and so easy to obtain? – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  9. Where could Rawleigh obtain that familiar acquaintance with the rabbins, of whose language he was probably entirely ignorant? – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3) by Isaac Disraeli
  10. How did you obtain a key? – The Cry at Midnight by Mildred A. Wirt
  11. When he heard the reason of my being at Trieste, and how I desired to return to my country, he assured me he would do all in his power to obtain me my wish. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  12. When I fancy a woman, I must obtain her- when I want a horse, I must have it. – The Man and the Moment by Elinor Glyn
  13. What you have made your soul fit for, that you will obtain, sooner or later, whether it be evil or whether it be good. – The Soul of a People by H. Fielding
  14. They seek only to obtain. – A Second Coming by Richard Marsh
  15. This indeed would at once be better for us, than that we should permit the horse- breaking Trojans to drag him to their city, and obtain glory. – The Iliad of Homer (1873) by Homer
  16. The truth from you is not always easy to obtain, Inglish. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  17. The roads were bad, it was true, and the journey long; but Wogan had not the Prince's consent, and could not tell when he would obtain it. – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
  18. You live in a land where instruction should not be difficult to obtain. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  19. If he failed to obtain some promise from her to- night- some definite pledge of his future happiness- he could never hope to succeed. – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  20. He was out of a situation, and found it impossible to obtain one. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English