meaning of attain

attain meaning in General Dictionary


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  • in the future or arrive by motion development bodily effort or efforts toward someplace object state etc to reach
  • to quickly attain or achieve that is to reach by attempts to gain to compass concerning attain remainder
  • to get with work
  • find unexpectedly
  • reach a location, either real or abstract
  • achieve a point eventually, or a specific condition or degree
  • to quickly attain or accomplish, that is, to achieve by efforts; to get; to compass; as, to achieve rest.
  • to get or get possession of; to get.
  • To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.
  • to attain or started to, by progression or motion; to arrive at.
  • To overtake.
  • to attain in quality or degree; to equal.
  • ahead or show up, by movement, growth, physical effort, or efforts toward a spot, item, state, etc.; to achieve.
  • in the future or show up, by an endeavor of brain.
  • Attainment.

attain meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "to succeed in reaching," from ataign-, stem of Old French ataindre (11c., Modern French atteindre) "ahead to, reach, achieve, endeavor, strive," from Vulgar Latin *attangere, corresponding to Latin attingere "to touch, to arrive at," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + tangere "to touch" (see tangent (adj.)). Latin attingere had many meanings, including "to strike, to hit, to correct, to manage," all in some way recommended because of the literal good sense "to the touch." Associated: Attained; attaining.

attain meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To obtain or achieve, that's, to reach by efforts; to gain; to compass; because, to attain sleep.

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  • (v. t.) To achieve or obtain control of; to obtain.
  • (v. t.) To find the data of; to ascertain.
  • (v. t.) To attain or visited, by development or movement; to arrive at.
  • (v. t.) To overtake.
  • (v. t.) To achieve in quality or degree; to equal.
  • (v. i.) in the future or arrive, by movement, development, physical effort, or attempts toward someplace, item, condition, etc.; to attain.
  • (v. i.) in the future or show up, by an attempt of brain.
  • (n.) Attainment.

Sentence Examples with the word attain

In a year and a half the cubs attain their full development; and from observations on captive specimens it appears that the duration of life ought to extend to some thirteen or fourteen years.

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