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Definition of Obtain


  1. To gain or have a firm footing; to become recognized or established; to become or be prevalent or general; as, the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer.
  2. To hold; to keep; to possess.
  3. To get hold of by effort; to gain possession of; to procure; to acquire, in any way.
  4. To become held; to gain or have a firm footing; to be recognized or established; to subsist; to become prevalent or general; to prevail; as, the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer.
  5. To prevail; to succeed.

Obtain Quotations

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
Dalai Lama

The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.
Joseph Smith, Jr.

The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.
John Stuart Mill
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Obtain Translations

obtain in Afrikaans is verwerf, behaal
obtain in Dutch is verkrijgen, buit maken
obtain in Finnish is hankkia
obtain in French is obtenez, parvenir, obtenons, procurer, obtiennent
obtain in German is erreichen, bekommen, bekommen
obtain in Italian is ricevere, procurare, conseguire, ottengo
obtain in Latin is quaero, mereo, acquiro, adipiscor, sumo
obtain in Portuguese is adquirir, obter, obtenha
obtain in Spanish is agenciar, acoger, conservar