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If you obtain something that you want or need, you get it.
'Obtain' is a formal word. You don't usually use it in conversation. Instead you use get.
In writing, obtain is often used in the passive.
You don't usually use 'get' in the passive. Don't say, for example, 'Maps can be got from the Tourist Office'. Say 'Maps can be obtained from the Tourist Office' or, in conversation, 'You can get maps from the Tourist Office'.
Past participle: obtained
|Verb||1.||obtain - come into possession of; "How did you obtain the visa?"|
carry - secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions); "The motion carried easily"
kite - get credit or money by using a bad check; "The businessman kited millions of dollars"
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
source - get (a product) from another country or business; "She sourced a supply of carpet"; "They are sourcing from smaller companies"
procure, secure - get by special effort; "He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed"
extract - get despite difficulties or obstacles; "I extracted a promise from the Dean for two new positions"
take out - obtain by legal or official process; "take out a license"; "take out a patent"
shop - do one's shopping; "She goes shopping every Friday"
snag - get by acting quickly and smartly; "snag a bargain"
grab - obtain illegally or unscrupulously; "Grab power"
|2.||obtain - receive a specified treatment (abstract); "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
take - ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial; "take a pulse"; "A reading was taken of the earth's tremors"
|3.||obtain - be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"|
get lose, give up, hand over, surrender, relinquish, renounce, forfeit, forgo
his uncle obtained the job for him → su tío le consiguió el puesto
oil can be obtained from coal → se puede extraer aceite del carbón
to obtain sth (for o.s.) (goods) → procurarsi qc
to obtain sth for sb → procurare qc a qn