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obtain

verb uk   /əbˈteɪn/ formal us  

obtain verb (GET)

B2 [T] to get something, especially by asking for it, buying it, working for it, or producing it from something else: to obtain permission First editions of these books are now almost impossible to obtain. In the second experiment they obtained a very clear result. Sugar is obtained by crushing and processing sugar cane.
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obtain verb (EXIST)

[I not continuous] (especially of a situation) to exist: Conditions of extreme poverty now obtain in many parts of the country.
Translations of “obtain”
in Korean -을 얻다…
in Arabic يحصل عَلى, ينال…
in French obtenir…
in Turkish elde etmek, edinmek, kazanmak…
in Italian ottenere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 得到, 得到,獲得…
in Russian получать…
in Polish uzyskać, otrzymać…
in Spanish obtener, conseguir…
in Portuguese obter…
in German erlangen…
in Catalan obtenir…
in Japanese ~を手に入れる…
in Chinese (Simplified) 得到, 得到,获得…
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