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An example use of obtain in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… that I can obtain by starting with the …”
Obtain means to get or gain possession of something.
the word obtain occurs in english on average 45.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that obtain can be often used in the following areas:
1) communication, information, and media;
2) people, society, and culture;