obtain-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: aquire, gain possession of, receive

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 OBTAIN[transitive] NP2

"How do you obtain a visa?"
"I recently obtained a job."
"The movie obtained excellent reviews."

VerbNet: obtain-13.5.2-1
FrameNet: Getting
PropBank: obtain.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: be valid, applicable, or true

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 OBTAIN[intransitive]

"Even after a decade of debate, the theory still obtains."
"The old definition of the family as the "fundamental cell of society" no longer obtains."

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3