CET4 TEM4 IELTS 考 研 TOEFL CET6
1. ob- "to" + -tain.
2. => hold, take hold of, get possession of, acquire.
- obtain:  Obtain is one of the large family of English words (attain, contain, continue, tenor, etc) that come ultimately from Latin tenēre ‘hold’. In this case its source, by way of Old French obtenir, was Latin obtinēre, a compound formed with the intensive prefix ob-, which denoted both ‘get possession of’ and ‘prevail, be established’.
=> attain, contain, continue, tenor
- obtain (v.)
- early 15c., from Middle French obtenir "acquire, obtain" (14c.), from Latin obtinere "hold, hold fast, take hold of, get possession of, acquire," from ob "to" (though perhaps intensive in this case; see ob-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Related: Obtained; obtaining.
- 1. Only with mass direct action will we obtain such change.
- 2. Gregory'sfather had implanted in him an ambition to obtain an education.
- 3. Offshoring provides an opportunity to obtain I.T. services at low cost.
- 4. I could obtain with the snap of my fingers anything I chose.
- 5. To obtain her degree, she answered 81 questions over 10 papers.
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