obtain

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article Share Article
views updated

ob·tain / əbˈtān; äb-/ • v. 1. [tr.] get, acquire, or secure (something): an opportunity to obtain advanced degrees. 2. [intr.] formal be prevalent, customary, or established: the price of silver fell to that obtaining elsewhere in the ancient world. DERIVATIVES: ob·tain·a·bil·i·ty / -nəˈbilətē/ n. ob·tain·a·ble adj. ob·tain·er n. ob·tain·ment n. ob·ten·tion / -ˈtenchən/ n.