Obtain

Definition of Obtain

Ob`tain´
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Obtained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Obtaining.]
1.To hold; to keep; to possess.
His mother, then, is mortal, but his Sire
He who obtains the monarchy of heaven.
- Milton.
2.To get hold of by effort; to gain possession of; to procure; to acquire, in any way.
Some pray for riches; riches they obtain.
- Dryden.
By guileful fair words peace may be obtained.
- Shak.
It may be that I may obtain children by her.
- Gen. xvi. 2.
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.
Sobriety hath by use obtained to signify temperance in drinking.
- Jer. Taylor.
The Theodosian code, several hundred years after Justinian's time, did obtain in the western parts of Europe.
- Baker.
2.To prevail; to succeed.
So run that ye may obtain.
- 1 Cor. ix. 24.
There is due from the judge to the advocate, some commendation, where causes are fair pleaded; especially towards the side which obtaineth not.
- Bacon.

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