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Obtain is sometimes a misspelling of obtained.
The word obtain and its family (obtainable, obtained, obtaining, obtains, unobtainable) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.
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Definition of the verb obtain
What does obtain mean as a doing word?
Obtain is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.
verb - inflections: obtained | obtaining | obtains
- come into possession of
- example: How did you obtain the visa?
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] Carmen obtained the spare part [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset] Carmen purchased a dress for $50 [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana [Asset - currency] [Verb] [Theme] $50 won't even buy a dress | $50 won't even purchase a dress
- lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
- more generic words: acquire / get = come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
- more specific terms:
- carry = secure the passage or adoption
- excavate / turn up / dig up = find by digging in the ground
- wring from / extort = get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
- kite = get credit or money by using a bad check
- source = get (a product) from another country or business
- procure / secure = get by special effort
- extract = get despite difficulties or obstacles
- take out = obtain by legal or official process
- get into / get in = secure a place in a college, university, etc.
- squeeze out / eke out = obtain with difficulty
- sponge / cadge / mooch / grub / bum = ask for and get free
- derive / gain = obtain
- shop = do one's shopping
- snag = get by acting quickly and smartly
- grab = obtain illegally or unscrupulously
- receive a specified treatment (abstract)
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- synonyms of obtain: find / get / incur / receive
- more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
- more specific word: take = ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
- be valid, applicable, or true
Alternative definition of the verb obtain
- [transitive] To get hold of; to gain possession of, to procure; to acquire, in any way. [definition from 15th c.]
- [intransitive, obsolete] To secure (that) a specific objective or state of affairs be reached. [definition 15th-19th c.]
- [intransitive, obsolete] To prevail, be victorious; to succeed. [definition 15th-19th c.]
- [transitive, obsolete] To hold; to keep, possess or occupy. [definition 15th-18th c.]
- [intransitive] To exist or be the case; to hold true, be in force. [definition from 17th c.]
Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for obtain
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Modern Truths (2014)
by Ekacco Bhikkhu
Difficult to obtain is the arising of a Buddha in the world (Buddhuppādo lokasmiṃ) . 2) Dullabho manussattapaṭilābho. Difficult to obtain is aquisition of the human state (manussatta). 3) Dullabhā saddhāsampatti. Difficult to obtain is the ...
The British Navy (2010)
Its Strength, Resources, and Administration by Thomas Brassey
Some consideration of the subject soon convinced us that the attainment of absolute safety for our seaboard was out of the question ; all we could hope for was to obtain means to disturb, to interrupt, perhaps to render nugatory, any large ...
by National Conference on Weights and Measures, United States. Bureau of Standards, National Institute of Standards and Technology (U.S.)
The quality of performance that we hope to obtain is that which will enable us to weigh any load within the capacity correctly within better than 1 or 2 pounds, and to secure repetition within a tenth of a pound ...
Trustworthy Global Computing (2005)
International Symposium, TGC 2005, Edinburgh, UK, April 7-9, 2005. Revised Selected Papers by Rocco De Nicola, Davide Sangiorgi
The effect we want to obtain is that the action needed to solve variable x is triggered (x is replaced by its definition if it is either local or virtual, and the innermost module operator in R is performed if x is deferred). For sake of brevity, we write ...
the way of the heaven born by W. George Bryant Phd
“Difficult to obtain is the conception of men, difficult is the life of mortals, difficult is the hearing of the True (Eternal) Law, difficult is the birth of the Awakened (the attainment of Buddahood). “Not to commit any sin, to do good, and to purify one's ...
Volume 12 - Corrosion to Cottonseed by John J. McKetta Jr
Polarization Behavior It is absolutely necessary to obtain an anodic polarization curve for the solution -metal system before using anodic protection. The curve must be of the type shown in Fig. 13 or it will be impossible to achieve protection.
At Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts by William Henry Michael, William Mack, Howard Pervear Nash, James Cockroft, Thomas Edward O'Brien
did unlawfully and feloniously obtain from the National Life Insurance Company, a corporation incorporated under the laws of Vermont, the sum of two t /cousand dollars on a policy of life insurance, issued on the life of one [tic/lard Roe ...
Obtain 10 ml clean arterial blood. 2. Obtain 10 ml bladder urine. Packaging: Plain glass phials without anticoagulant or preservative. Significance: Indicates if the decadent was under the influence of drugs at the time of death, is a chronic drug ...
Encyclopedia of Counseling (2008)
by Frederick T. Leong
An individual can use the Internet to locate a counselor, to gain information about psychological conditions and treatments, to obtain counseling, and to share with others in chat rooms or online support groups. In addition to facilitating the ...
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Usage statistics about obtain
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- Obtain Meaning
Video shows what obtain means. To get hold of; to gain possession of, to procure; to acquire, in any way.. To secure (that) a specific objective or state of affairs ...
- Bob Proctor - Explanation about how to obtain results
- Skyrim: Explanation on how to obtain Daedric armor
- How Speech Language Pathologists Obtain Work in Foreign Countries
Benjamin Bennet, CF-SLP talks with John Consalvi, MA, CCC-SLP, CEO of Lingua Health and Grupo Lingua, about the findings in his thesis, American Speech ...
- Dr.&MasterSha- S.African Doctor Uses Soul Language To Obtain Visa To Attend Master Sha's Workshop
- Automatically Obtain Thumbnail, Title & Description From YouTube Server
- 5 Reasons to Obtain an English Language Certificate Teacher Georgiana Bose
Copiii sunt in general reticenti cand aud de testari si evaluari, insa nu si daca le oferim motive temeinice care reusesc sa ii convinga ca au doar de castigat din ...
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Quotes about obtain
Everyone needs a certain amount of money. Beyond that, we pursue money because we know how to obtain it. We don't necessarily know how to obtain happiness. (Gregg Easterbrook)
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Scrabble value of O1B3T1A1I1N1
The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
Anagrams of OBTAIN
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