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verb British English pronunciation: obtain /əbˈteɪn/ 
Word Forms
present tense
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 for 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.

This is the British English definition of obtain. View American English definition of obtain