, v. i. 1. To gain or have a firm footing; to be recognized or established; to become prevalent or general; to prevail; as, the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer.
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Sobriety hath by use obtained to signify temperance in drinking.
Jer. Taylor.
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The Theodosian code, several hundred years after Justinian's time, did obtain in the western parts of Europe.
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2. To prevail; to succeed. [archaic and Rare] Evelyn.
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So run that ye may obtain.
1 Cor. ix. 24.
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There is due from the judge to the advocate, some commendation, where causes are fair pleaded; especially towards the side which obtaineth not.
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