: to gain or get hold of with effort <She was able to obtain a ticket to the show.><We obtained permission to enter.>
Word Root of OBTAIN
The Latin words tenēre, meaning “to hold,” gives us the roots ten and tain. Words from the Latin tenēre have something to do with holding. Something tenacious holds on and is not easily gotten rid of. To contain is to hold things together inside. To obtain is to get hold of. To retain is to continue to hold.