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English definition of “obtain”

obtain

verb [T] (GET)    /əbˈteɪn/ formal
B2 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.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
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