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 (əb-tān′, ŏb-)
v. ob·tained, ob·tain·ing, ob·tains
To succeed in gaining possession of as the result of planning or endeavor; acquire.
1. To be in existence, in effect, or customary: "standards, proprieties that no longer obtain" (Meg Greenfield).
2. Archaic To succeed.

[Middle English obteinen, from Old French obtenir, from Latin obtinēre : ob-, intensive pref.; see ob- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

ob·tain′a·ble adj.
ob·tain′er n.
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