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5 definitions found
 for Attain
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attain \At*tain"\ ([a^]t*t[=a]n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Attained (-t[=a]nd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Attaining.] [Of.
     atteinen, atteignen, atainen, OF. ateindre, ataindre, F.
     atteindre, fr. L. attingere; ad + tangere to touch, reach.
     See Tangent, and cf. Attinge, Attaint.]
     1. To achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach by efforts; to
        gain; to compass; as, to attain rest.
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              Is he wise who hopes to attain the end without the
              means?                                --Abp.
                                                    Tillotson.
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     2. To gain or obtain possession of; to acquire. [Obs. with a
        material object.] --Chaucer.
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     3. To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain. [Obs.]
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              Not well attaining his meaning.       --Fuller.
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     4. To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive
        at. "Canaan he now attains." --Milton.
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     5. To overtake. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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     6. To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.
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     Syn: To Attain, Obtain, Procure.
  
     Usage: Attain always implies an effort toward an object.
            Hence it is not synonymous with obtain and procure,
            which do not necessarily imply such effort or motion.
            We procure or obtain a thing by purchase or loan, and
            we obtain by inheritance, but we do not attain it by
            such means.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attain \At*tain"\, n.
     Attainment. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attain \At*tain"\, v. i.
     1. To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or
        efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach.
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              If by any means they might attain to Phenice. --Acts
                                                    xxvii. 12.
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              Nor nearer might the dogs attain.     --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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              To see your trees attain to the dignity of timber.
                                                    --Cowper.
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              Few boroughs had as yet attained to power such as
              this.                                 --J. R. Green.
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     2. To come or arrive, by an effort of mind.
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              Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high,
              I can not attain unto it.             --Ps. cxxxix.
                                                    6.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  attain
      v 1: to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite
           setbacks" [syn: achieve, accomplish, attain, reach]
      2: reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; "The
         thermometer hit 100 degrees"; "This car can reach a speed of
         140 miles per hour" [syn: reach, hit, attain]
      3: find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old
         tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck
         the main path to the lake" [syn: fall upon, strike, come
         upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance
         on, happen upon, attain, discover]
      4: reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit
         by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made
         it to the finish line"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before
         the weekend starts" [syn: reach, make, attain, hit,
         arrive at, gain]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  70 Moby Thesaurus words for "attain":
     accede, accomplish, achieve, approach, arrive, arrive at,
     arrive in, attain to, be instated, be received, blow in, bob up,
     check in, clock in, come, come in, come to, come to hand, compass,
     consummate, deal with, discharge, dispatch, dispose of, do,
     do the job, do the trick, effect, effectuate, enact, execute,
     fetch, fetch up at, find, fulfill, gain, get in, get there, get to,
     hit, hit town, knock off, make, make good, make it, manage,
     mount the throne, perform, polish off, pop up, produce, pull in,
     punch in, put away, reach, realize, ring in, roll in, score,
     show up, sign in, succeed, take care of, take office, time in,
     turn the trick, turn up, win, work, work out
  
  

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