- The definition of attain is to gain or accomplish something with effort.
- Getting a PhD is an example of to attain.
- Finding peace through dedicated meditation is an example of attain.
- to gain through effort; accomplish; achieve
- to reach or come to; arrive at: he attained the age of ninety
Origin of attainMiddle English attainen ; from Old French ataindre ; from Classical Latin attingere ; from ad-, to + tangere, to touch: see tact
to succeed in reaching or coming (to a goal)
verbat·tained, at·tain·ing, at·tains
- To gain as an objective; achieve: attain a diploma by hard work.
- To come to or arrive at, as through movement, growth, or the passage of time: Redwoods can attain a height of 300 feet.
To succeed in a directed effort, process, or progression: attained to high office; eventually attained to wisdom.
Origin of attainMiddle English atteinen, from Old French ataindre, ataign-, to reach to, from Vulgar Latin *attangere, from Latin attingere : ad-, ad- + tangere, to touch; see tag- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present attains, present participle attaining, simple past and past participle attained)
- To accomplish; to achieve.
- To attain such a high level of proficiency requires hours of practice each day.
- To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.
- To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at.
- (intransitive) To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach.
- To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.