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verb obtain pronunciation in American English /əbˈteɪn/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyobtain
he/she/itobtains
present participleobtaining
past tenseobtained
past participleobtained
  1. 1
    [transitive] to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult

    She has to obtain her parents’ permission before she does anything.

    Long delays in obtaining passports and visas often occur.

    obtain something by (doing) something:

    He was charged with obtaining property by deception.

    obtain something from someone/something:

    Details can be obtained from the Department of Education.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] formal if something such as a rule or condition obtains, it exists, is used, or is accepted

    This situation generally obtains in early language learning.

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