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English definition of “obtain”


verb [T]     /əbˈteɪn/ formal
B2 to get something: to obtain permission He obtained a law degree from the University of California.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
obtainable adjective If something is obtainable, you can get it: This information is easily obtainable on the Internet.Available and accessiblePresent
(Definition of obtain verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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