Simple Definition of obtain
: to gain or get (something) usually by effort
: to continue to be accepted or in use
Full Definition of obtain
Examples of obtain
The information may be difficult to obtain.
We obtained a copy of the original letter.
These ideas no longer obtain for our generation.
Origin of obtain
Middle English obteinen, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French obtenir, from Latin obtinēre to hold on to, possess, obtain, from ob- in the way + tenēre to hold — more at thin
First Known Use: 15th century
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