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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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