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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

We must find new lands from which we can easily obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit the cheap slave labor that is available from the natives of the colonies. The colonies would also provide a dumping ground for the surplus goods produced in our factories.
Cecil Rhodes

I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.
Jim Morrison
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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
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