Definition of Attain

1. Verb. To gain with effort. "She achieved her goal despite setbacks"

2. Verb. Reach a point in time, or a certain state or level. "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
Exact synonyms: Hit, Reach
Generic synonyms: Arrive, Come, Get
Specialized synonyms: Max Out, Break Even
Derivative terms: Attainment

3. Verb. Find unexpectedly. "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"

4. Verb. Reach a destination, either real or abstract. "They attain the hill"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
Exact synonyms: Arrive At, Gain, Hit, Make, Reach
Entails: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Catch Up, Scale, Surmount, Access, Get At, Bottom Out, Peak, Top Out, Breast, Summit, Top, Make, Find, Culminate, Come Through, Get Through, Ground, Run Aground
Related verbs: Make
Derivative terms: Attainment

Definition of Attain

1. v. t. To achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach by efforts; to gain; to compass; as, to attain rest.

2. v. i. To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach.

3. n. Attainment.

Definition of Attain

1. Verb. (transitive) To accomplish; to achieve. ¹

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Definition of Attain

1. to gain or achieve by mental or physical effort [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Attain

1. 1. To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach. "If by any means they might attain to Phenice." (Acts xxvii. 12) "Nor nearer might the dogs attain." (Sir W. Scott) "To see your trees attain to the dignity of timber." (Cowper) "Few boroughs had as yet attained to power such as this." (J. R. Green) 2. To come or arrive, by an effort of mind. "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I can not attain unto it." (Ps. Cxxxix. 6) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Attain

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1. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1845)
"Devise to trustees and their heirs in trust to receive the rents, &c. until A. shall attain twenty-one; and immediately after he shall attain twenty-one to ..."

2. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"_jp THE MEANS TO attain HAPPY LIFE MARTIAL, the things that do attain The happy life be these, I find:— The richesse left, not got with pain; The fruitful ..."

3. Mind (1899)
"HOW TO attain IDEALS. BY MARY ROBBINS MEAD. There is an inner sphere of life ... To attain ideals in any line, if permanent satisfaction is gained it is ..."

4. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"In addition to these must be noted the Bodhisattva, a potential Buddha who will attain to Buddhahood in due time. Even in his lifetime Buddha established an ..."

5. The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions by Various Writers by Thomas Humphry Ward (1912)
"THE MEANS TO attain HAPPY LIFE. [Translated from Martial.] Martial, the things that do attain The happy life be these, I find; The riches left, ..."

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