Attain meaning

ə-tān
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.

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To gain as an objective; achieve.

Attain a diploma by hard work.

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To succeed in a directed effort, process, or progression.

Attained to high office; eventually attained to wisdom.

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To reach or come to; arrive at.

He attained the age of ninety.

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To gain through effort; accomplish; achieve.
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To succeed in reaching or coming (to a goal)
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To attain such a high level of proficiency requires hours of practice each day.

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To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.
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To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at.
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(intransitive) To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach.
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To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.
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To come to or arrive at, as through movement, growth, or the passage of time.

Redwoods can attain a height of 300 feet.

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Origin of attain

  • Middle English atteinen from Old French ataindre ataign- to reach to from Vulgar Latin attangere from Latin attingere ad- ad- tangere to touch tag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman ataindre, from Old French, from Latin attingō.

    From Wiktionary