obtain


obtain
01. Where can I [obtain] information about registering for regular courses?
02. Some medicinal herbs that were previously [obtainable] at health stores are now available only with a doctor's prescription.
03. I bought this CD at a store a few years ago, but now it is completely [unobtainable], and quite valuable.
04. He [obtained] a final mark of just over 80%.
05. Some people seem to think that the way to [obtain] a perfect body is through the use of drugs and plastic surgery.
06. He was arrested by police in the act of trying to [obtain] a false passport.
07. Vitamins are best [obtained] through fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than by taking pills.
08. There is an Italian proverb which states that by asking for the impossible, you [obtain] the best possible.
09. The Buddha reminds us that he who envies others does not [obtain] peace of mind.
10. Sir William Bragg once remarked that the important thing in science is not so much to [obtain] new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
11. A person who is lost in the woods, and starving can [obtain] nourishment by chewing on his shoes; leather has enough nutritional value to keep a person alive for a short time.
12. Human beings [obtain] energy by eating and breathing.
13. She [obtained] her doctorate after three years of graduate study.
14. The Spanish explorers who visited the island of Puerto Rico in the 1500s were mainly interested in [obtaining] gold.
15. In Costa Rica, [obtaining] an education has allowed many of those in the working class to move into the middle class.
16. Brunei is a tiny Islamic country where alcohol is virtually [unobtainable].
17. Nowadays, you can study for school, or even [obtain] a degree using the Internet.
18. Estimates of the number of child laborers are difficult to [obtain] because governments are not keen to measure a phenomenon which is not supposed to exist.
19. The book is [unobtainable] because it is out of print, and any copies that do exist are in the hands of collectors.
20. As soon as my son [obtains] his learner's license, we will enroll him in driving school.
21. Some sociologists suggest that people seek others who will satisfy their needs to help them [obtain] goals.

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  • Obtain — Ob*tain , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obtained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Obtaining}.] [F. obtenir, L. obtinere; ob (see {Ob }) + tenere to hold. See {Tenable}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To hold; to keep; to possess. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] His mother, then, is mortal,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obtain — I verb accumulate, achieve, acquire, adipisci, appropriate, arrive at, attain, be in receipt of, capture, collect, come into possession, consequi. earn, enter into possession, gain, gain possession, gather, get, get hold of, get possession of,… …   Law dictionary

  • Obtain — Ob*tain , v. i. 1. To gain or have a firm footing; to be recognized or established; to become prevalent or general; to prevail; as, the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer. [1913 Webster] Sobriety hath by use obtained to signify… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obtain — [əb tān′] vt. [ME obteinen < OFr obtenir < L obtinere, to obtain, prevail, maintain < ob (see OB ) + tenere, to hold: see TENANT] 1. to get possession of, esp. by some effort; procure 2. Archaic to arrive at; reach or achieve vi. 1. to… …   English World dictionary

  • obtain — (v.) early 15c., from M.Fr. obtenir (14c.), from L. obtinere hold, take hold of, acquire, from ob to (though perhaps intensive in this case; see OB (Cf. ob )) + tenere to hold (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). Related: Obtained; obtaining …   Etymology dictionary

  • obtain — *get, procure, secure, acquire, gain, win Analogous words: gain, *reach, achieve, attain: effect, fulfill, accomplish, *perform …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • obtain — is a formal and often pretentious word, and no one should be afraid of using the perfectly respectable word get in most contexts …   Modern English usage

  • obtain — [v] get, acquire access, accomplish, achieve, annex, attain, beg borrow or steal*, capture, chalk up*, collect, come by, compass, cop*, corral, drum up*, earn, effect, fetch, gain, gather, get at, get hold of*, get one’s hands on*, glean, gobble… …   New thesaurus

  • obtain — ► VERB 1) come into possession of; get. 2) formal be prevalent, customary, or established. DERIVATIVES obtainable adjective. ORIGIN Latin obtinere …   English terms dictionary

  • obtain — verb formal 1 (T) to get something that you want, especially through your own effort, skill, or work: Further information can be obtained from head office. | They ve extended the growing season to obtain a larger crop. | the difficulty of… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English