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1. obtain

verb. ['əbˈteɪn'] come into possession of.

Synonyms

  • source
  • excavate
  • turn up
  • sponge
  • secure
  • mooch
  • carry
  • eke out
  • grub
  • dig up
  • cadge
  • snag
  • get into
  • get in
  • take out
  • wring from
  • derive
  • extract
  • get
  • kite
  • acquire
  • extort
  • squeeze out
  • gain
  • bum
  • grab
  • shop

Antonyms

  • leader
  • spread
  • unwire
  • unlock

Etymology

  • obtenir (Anglo-Norman)

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Words that Rhyme with Obtain

  • st_germain
  • legerdemain
  • st_germaine
  • preordain
  • lamontagne
  • lafountaine
  • lafountain
  • inhumane
  • constrain
  • restrain
  • overtrain
  • mcswain
  • explain
  • complain
  • champlain
  • aquitaine
  • ukraine
  • tremaine
  • sylvain
  • sustain
  • spokane
  • sartain
  • retrain
  • refrain
  • profane
  • partain
  • mustain
  • mundane
  • mcwain
  • mcshane

Example sentences of the word obtain


1. Verb, base form
Dig as deep as the root system is growing to obtain as much of the root system as possible.

Quotes containing the word obtain


1. They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin

2. Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.
- Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

3. It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal... one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.
- Theophile Gautier

2. obtain

verb. ['əbˈteɪn'] receive a specified treatment (abstract).

Synonyms

  • find
  • acquire
  • change
  • get
  • incur
  • take

Antonyms

  • sink
  • uncross
  • unfold
  • lose

Etymology

  • obtenir (Anglo-Norman)

3. obtain

verb. ['əbˈteɪn'] be valid, applicable, or true.

Synonyms

  • be
  • exist
  • hold

Antonyms

  • unfasten
  • untie
  • unstaple
  • unbar

Etymology

  • obtenir (Anglo-Norman)
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