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English definition of “obtain”

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.

obtain verb (EXIST)

[I not continuous] (especially of a situation) to exist: Conditions of extreme poverty now obtain in many parts of the country.
(Definition of obtain from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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