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obtain /əbˈteɪn/ vb
  1. (transitive) to gain possession of; acquire; get
  2. (intransitive) to be customary, valid, or accepted: a new law obtains in this case
Etymology: 15th Century: via Old French from Latin obtinēre to take hold of, from ob- (intensive) + tenēre to hold

obˈtainable adj obˌtainaˈbility n obˈtainer n obˈtainment n

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