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"obtain" in British English

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obtainverb

uk   us   /əbˈteɪn/ formal
  • 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 ​almostimpossible to obtain. In the second ​experiment they obtained a very ​clearresult. Sugar is obtained bycrushing and ​processingsugarcane.

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(Definition of obtain from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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obtainverb [T]

 us   /əbˈteɪn, ɑb-/
to get something, esp. by a ​plannedeffort: to obtain ​knowledge She was ​finallyable to obtain ​legalpossession of the ​house.
obtainable
adjective [not gradable]  us   /əbˈteɪ·nə·bəl, ɑb-/
That ​drug is now obtainable without a ​prescription.
(Definition of obtain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “obtain”
in Korean -을 얻다…
in Arabic يحصل عَلى, ينال…
in Malaysian memperolehi…
in French obtenir…
in Russian получать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 得到, 得到,獲得…
in Italian ottenere…
in Turkish elde etmek, edinmek, kazanmak…
in Polish uzyskać, otrzymać…
in Spanish obtener, conseguir…
in Vietnamese đạt được…
in Portuguese obter…
in Thai ได้รับ…
in German erlangen…
in Catalan obtenir…
in Japanese ~を手に入れる…
in Chinese (Simplified) 得到, 得到,获得…
in Indonesian mendapatkan…
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