Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb obtain

3 senses of obtain

Sense 1
obtain -- (come into possession of; "How did you obtain the visa?")
       => get, acquire -- (come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work")

Sense 2
receive, get, find, obtain, incur -- (receive a specified treatment (abstract); "These 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")
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")

Sense 3
prevail, hold, obtain -- (be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds")
       => exist, be -- (have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?")

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