Attain Definition

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To gain as an objective; achieve.
Attain a diploma by hard work.
American Heritage
To gain through effort; accomplish; achieve.
Webster's New World
To succeed in reaching or coming (to a goal)
Webster's New World
To come to or arrive at, as through movement, growth, or the passage of time.
Redwoods can attain a height of 300 feet.
American Heritage
To reach or come to; arrive at.
He attained the age of ninety.
Webster's New World

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

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