• WordNet 3.6
    • v obtain receive a specified treatment (abstract) "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation","His movie received a good review","I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"
    • v obtain come into possession of "How did you obtain the visa?"
    • v obtain be valid, applicable, or true "This theory still holds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Following directions off the Internet and chemicals obtained from a mail order company, a team of U.S. scientists created an identical copy of the polio virus.
    • Obtain To gain or have a firm footing; to be recognized or established; to become prevalent or general; to prevail; as, the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer. "Sobriety hath by use obtained to signify temperance in drinking.""The Theodosian code, several hundred years after Justinian's time, did obtain in the western parts of Europe."
    • Obtain To get hold of by effort; to gain possession of; to procure; to acquire, in any way. "Some pray for riches; riches they obtain .""By guileful fair words peace may be obtained .""It may be that I may obtain children by her."
    • Obtain To hold; to keep; to possess. "His mother, then, is mortal, but his Sire
      He who obtains the monarchy of heaven."
    • Obtain To prevail; to succeed. "So run that ye may obtain .""There is due from the judge to the advocate, some commendation, where causes are fair pleaded; especially towards the side which obtaineth not."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During one seven year period, Thomas Edison obtained approximately three hundred patents. In is whole life he obtained over one thousand patents.
    • obtain To get; procure; secure; acquire; gain: as, to obtain a month's leave of absence; to obtain riches.
    • obtain To attain; reach; arrive at.
    • obtain To attain or reach by endeavor; succeed in (reaching, receiving, or doing something); manage.
    • obtain Hence To achieve; win.
    • obtain To hold; keep; maintain possession of.
    • obtain Synonyms Attain, Obtain, Procure. See attain.
    • obtain To secure what one desires or strives for; prevail; succeed.
    • obtain To be common or customary; prevail or be established in practice; be in vogue; hold good; subsist; prevail: as, the custom still obtains in some country districts.
    • obtain To attain; come.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1932 James Markham obtained the 1st patent issued for a tree. The patent was for a peach tree.
    • v.t Obtain ob-tān′ to lay hold of: to hold: to procure by effort: to gain: to keep possession of
    • v.i Obtain to be established: to continue in use: to become customary or prevalent: to hold good:
    • v.i Obtain (rare) to succeed
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  • Socrates
    “An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all”
  • Giovanni Niccolini
    Giovanni Niccolini
    “By asking for the impossible we obtain the best possible.”
  • Doris Lessing
    “Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.”
  • Johann Georg Zimmermann
    Johann Georg Zimmermann
    “Many have been ruined by their fortunes, and many have escaped ruin by the want of fortune. To obtain it the great have become little, and the little great.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    “He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found; and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. obtenir, L. obtinere,; ob,see Ob-) + tenere, to hold. See Tenable


In literature:

Yet this they were not able to obtain.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
The best way to obtain a good article is to deal with shops of established credit.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The growers of this region are organized into selling associations so that estimates of acreage and yields are obtainable.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Very often it is difficult to obtain good results with such a set, and a more elaborate set is obtained.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
The same situation obtains in the family and in social life.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
I intended to obtain a film of the Guards' Division attending the Christmas service.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
In such cases the assistance of a veterinarian or a surgeon must be obtained.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Results obtained in Greek philosophy.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Yellows are obtained from turmeric; greens and reds are obtained from coal-tar dyes; and a red-orange from deora.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller
They could not obtain even a promise of concession.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones

In poetry:

But now for me, in search of gain
From shore to shore he flies:
Why wander riches to obtain,boon I valued more—
He gave me all his heart!
"A Song" by Helen Maria Williams
Say which of you would see the Lord?
You all may now obtain his grace.
Behold him in the written word!
Where John unveils the Saviour's face:
"Hymn 1" by Noah Calwell W Cannon
There's not a man, upon the whole,
Who can from Death defend his soul,
'Till he can Jesus' blood obtain
To cleanse him from each sinful stain.
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard
The curse of Moab they shall gain,
Who pray with a polluted soul:
They ask, but they shall not obtain,
Because their hands are stain'd and foul.
"Advice, Before Prayer" by Rees Prichard
Thus Jesus fell - but O! his blood
Far better things than Abel's cries:
Obtains his murd'rers peace with God,
And gains them mansions in the skies.
"Cain And Abel" by John Newton
These are the fruits, these are the gains!
These are the wages sin obtains!
These are the punishments, I own,
Which we deserve for what we've done!
"Another On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Teachers must obtain additional training in how to educate English language learners.
The I-Team obtained computer data showing that in past five years, state agencies have lost $14,394,245 worth of equipment through theft, damage, misuse, or embezzlement .
A longtime Hospice of Wake County board member was charged Friday with embezzling more than $100,000 from the Raleigh law firm where she worked, according to warrants obtained by WRAL News.
NEW YORK–Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and its new subsidiary, MSLO Emeril , have obtained a $30 million loan from Bank of America.
Our social club has been showing a movie, obtaining a rental DVD once a month.
He then obtained records on how much erotic fare people here were buying from their cable and satellite television providers.
Channel 4 News obtains the first video evidence of Sudanese forces attacking rebels in the Nuba mountains, as the country's president vows to 'cleanse' the region.
E-mail obtained by Free Press show ex-official wired $400,000 just ahead of subpoenas.
Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was recently amended on December 1, 2010 to limit discovery that may be obtained from a party's testifying expert.
Hunter's findings led him to obtain an arrest warrant for Brown on attempted extortion and elder abuse.
He said Cambodia had so far obtained no evidence of crimes committed by Devillers.
Federal authorities have obtained an arrest warrant for an ophthalmologist they suspect of performing unnecessary eye surgery on mentally ill residents of adult homes in New York City, law enforcement officials said yesterday.
SMC — An internal police report obtained by a newspaper faulted the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees in a melee that resulted in student protesters being hit with pepper spray.
Rock legend Melissa Etheridge says she taught the now A-lister how to fly fish for his A River Runs Through It audition and RadarOnline.com has obtained the exclusive audio of Melissa's story.
Has fired about 250 tenured and novice instructors for poor performance or failure to obtain a license.

In science:

We can also describe νx,Y as the measure obtained by applying the procedure of the previous paragraph to S≥x , using the probability measure obtained from w via the pro jection S ։ S≥x .
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
For β = 2 and for E having one boundary point, the equations obtained here coincide with the ones first obtained by Tracy-Widom in , who recognized them to be Painlev´e IV and V for the Gaussian and Laguerre distribution respectively.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
Without the tanh(x) in Eq.(7), one would obtain a two– dimensional space of patterns; with the nonlinearity one obtains small contributions in the other N − 2 dimensions of the weight space.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
In more formal terms this corresponds to performing a locally-implementable measurement with elements {{|iηi ihiηi |}, {|iµiihiµi |}}, such that if the outcomes {|iηi ihiηi |} are obtained we know that the state was |+i and if the outcomes {|iµiihiµi |} are obtained then the state was |−i.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
Both (a) and (b) are obtained by the transfer matrix method while (c) is obtained by the FDTD method and laser theory.
Localized Random Lasing Modes and a New Path for Observing Localization