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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obtain mean? 

OBTAIN (verb)
  The verb OBTAIN has 3 senses:

1. come into possession of
2. receive a specified treatment (abstract)
3. be valid, applicable, or true

  Familiarity information: OBTAIN used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

OBTAIN (verb)

Sense 1obtain [BACK TO TOP]


Come into possession of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

How did you obtain the visa?

Hypernyms (to "obtain" is one way to...):

acquire; get (come into the possession of something concrete or abstract)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "obtain"):

snag (get by acting quickly and smartly)

shop (do one's shopping)

derive; gain (obtain)

bum; cadge; grub; mooch; sponge (ask for and get free; be a parasite)

eke out; squeeze out (obtain with difficulty)

get in; get into (secure a place in a college, university, etc.)

take out (obtain by legal or official process)

extract (get despite difficulties or obstacles)

procure; secure (get by special effort)

source (get (a product) from another country or business)

kite (get credit or money by using a bad check)

extort; wring from (get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner)

dig up; excavate; turn up (find by digging in the ground)

carry (secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions))

grab (obtain illegally or unscrupulously)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Sense 2obtain [BACK TO TOP]


Receive a specified treatment (abstract)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


incur; obtain; receive; get; find

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "obtain" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "obtain"):

take (ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sense 3obtain [BACK TO TOP]


Be valid, applicable, or true

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations


prevail; obtain; hold

Context example:

This theory still holds

Hypernyms (to "obtain" is one way to...):

be; exist (have an existence, be extant)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

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