Obtain is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.
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- (transitive); (formal) If you obtain something, you get it.
- The newspaper was able to obtain the information from police.
- After obtaining permission from the town, they built the new trail.
- (intransitive); (formal) If something obtains, it is true or it exists.
- His argument is therefore compatible only in cases where class difference does not obtain.