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English verb: obtain

1. obtain (possession) come into possession of

SamplesHow did you obtain the visa?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

Narrower (hyponym)bum, cadge, carry, derive, dig up, eke out, excavate, extort, extract, gain, get in, get into, grab, grub, kite, mooch, procure, secure, shop, snag, source, sponge, squeeze out, take out, turn up, wring from

2. obtain (change) receive a specified treatment (abstract)

SamplesThese 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.

Synonymsfind, get, incur, receive

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)take

Verb groupacquire, get

3. obtain (stative) be valid, applicable, or true

SamplesThis theory still holds.

Synonymshold, prevail

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)be, exist

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