Pronunciation: (ub-tān'),[key] —v.t. 1. to come into possession of; get, acquire, or procure, as through an effort or by a request: to obtain permission; to obtain a better income. 2. Obs.to attain or reach.
—v.i. 1. to be prevalent, customary, or in vogue; prevail: the morals that obtained in Rome. 2. Archaic.to succeed.