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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
late Middle English
1375-1425
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.
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  • But there were limits to the amount of nitrogen that could be obtained from natural processes for high-intensity agriculture.
British Dictionary definitions for obtained

obtain

/əbˈteɪn/
verb
1.
(transitive) to gain possession of; acquire; get
2.
(intransitive) to be customary, valid, or accepted: a new law obtains in this case
3.
(transitive) (archaic) to arrive at
4.
(intransitive) (archaic) to win a victory; succeed
Derived Forms
obtainable, adjective
obtainability, noun
obtainer, noun
obtainment, noun
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin obtinēre to take hold of, from ob- (intensive) + tenēre to hold
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Word Origin and History for obtained

obtain

v.

early 15c., from Middle French obtenir "acquire, obtain" (14c.), from Latin obtinere "hold, hold fast, take hold of, get possession of, acquire," from ob "to" (though perhaps intensive in this case; see ob-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Related: Obtained; obtaining.

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