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To live lightheartedly but not recklessly; to be gay without being boisterous; to be courageous without being bold; to show trust and cheerful resignation without fatalism—this is the art of living.
Jean De La Fontaine
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Verb

Infinitive
to obtain

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to obtain (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive): To hold; to keep; to possess.
  2. (transitive): To get hold of by effort; to gain possession of; to procure; to acquire, in any way.
  3. (transitive): To become held; to gain or have a firm footing; to be recognized or established; to subsist; to become prevalent or general; to prevail.
    the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer.
  4. (intransitive): To prevail; to succeed.
  5. (intransitive): To exist
    Even though the Pervaise confession had never come to light, no reasonable doubt could obtain; for the act in question [...] was on a par with countless other acts committed by the oligarchs, and, before them, by the capitalists. -- Jack London, The Iron Heel.

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