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obtain

verb 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 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 Arabic يحصل عَلى, ينال…
in Korean -을 얻다…
in Malaysian memperolehi…
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 Vietnamese đạt được…
in Spanish obtener, conseguir…
in Portuguese obter…
in Thai ได้รับ…
in German erlangen…
in Catalan obtenir…
in Japanese ~を手に入れる…
in Indonesian mendapatkan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 得到, 得到,获得…
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