obtain

[uh b-teyn] /əbˈteɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to come into possession of; get, acquire, or procure, as through an effort or by a request:
"to obtain permission; to obtain a better income."
2.
Obsolete. to attain or reach.
verb (used without object)
3.
to be prevalent, customary, or in vogue; prevail:
"the morals that obtained in Rome."
4.
Archaic. to succeed.
Origin
1375–1425; late Middle English obteinen < Middle French obtenir < Latin obtinēre to take hold of, equivalent to ob- ob- + -tinēre (combining form of tenēre to hold)
Related forms
obtainable, adjective
obtainability, noun
obtainer, noun
obtainment, noun
preobtain, verb (used with object)
preobtainable, adjective
reobtain, verb (used with object)
reobtainable, adjective
unobtainable, adjective
unobtained, adjective
Synonyms
1. gain, achieve, earn, win, attain. See get.
Antonyms
1. lose, forgo.
British Dictionary definitions for obtainability
obtain (əbˈteɪn)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to gain possession of; acquire; get
2.  (intr) to be customary, valid, or accepted: a new law obtains in this case
3.  archaic (tr) to arrive at
4.  archaic (intr) to win a victory; succeed
 
[C15: via Old French from Latin obtinēre to take hold of, from ob- (intensive) + tenēre to hold]
 
ob'tainable
 
adj
 
obtaina'bility
 
n
 
ob'tainer
 
n
 
ob'tainment
 
n

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Word Origin and History for obtainability
obtain
c.1425, from M.Fr. obtenir (14c.), from L. obtinere "hold, take hold of, acquire," from ob "to" (though perhaps intensive in this case) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet).
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