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Definition 1: receive a specified treatment (abstract) - [verb of change]

Samples where obtain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for obtain in the sense of this definition

(obtain is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of obtain ) ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial

"take a pulse" "A reading was taken of the earth's tremors"

(obtain has a similar meaning as ...) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle" "They acquired a new pet" "Get your results the next day" "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

Definition 2: come into possession of - [verb of possession]

Samples where obtain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • How did you obtain the visa?

(obtain is a kind of ...) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle" "They acquired a new pet" "Get your results the next day" "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

(... is a kind of obtain ) secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions)

"The motion carried easily"

(... is a kind of obtain ) get by acting quickly and smartly

"snag a bargain"

(... is a kind of obtain ) do one's shopping

"She goes shopping every Friday"

(... is a kind of obtain ) obtain

"derive pleasure from one's garden"

(... is a kind of obtain ) ask for and get free; be a parasite

(... is a kind of obtain ) obtain with difficulty

"He eked out some information from the archives"

(... is a kind of obtain ) secure a place in a college, university, etc.

(... is a kind of obtain ) obtain by legal or official process

"take out a license" "take out a patent"

(... is a kind of obtain ) get despite difficulties or obstacles

"I extracted a promise from the Dean for two new positions"

(... is a kind of obtain ) get by special effort

"He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed"

(... is a kind of obtain ) get (a product) from another country or business

"She sourced a supply of carpet" "They are sourcing from smaller companies"

(... is a kind of obtain ) get credit or money by using a bad check

"The businessman kited millions of dollars"

(... is a kind of obtain ) get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner

(... is a kind of obtain ) find by digging in the ground

"I dug up an old box in the garden"

(... is a kind of obtain ) obtain illegally or unscrupulously

"Grab power"

Definition 3: be valid, applicable, or true - [verb of stative]

Samples where obtain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This theory still holds

Synonyms for obtain in the sense of this definition

(obtain is a kind of ...) have an existence, be extant

"Is there a God?"

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