Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: obtenir, from Latin obtinere 'to hold on to, own, obtain'


ob‧tain S2 W2 formal
1 [transitive] to get something that you want, especially through your own effort, skill, or work [= get]
obtain something from somebody/something
Further information can be obtained from head office.
You will need to obtain permission from the principal.
obtain something through something
the results obtained through these surveys
2 [intransitive not in progressive] if a situation, system, or rule obtains, it continues to exist:
These conditions no longer obtain.

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