Definition of attain in English:

attain

Line breaks: at¦tain
Pronunciation: /əˈteɪn
 
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verb

[with object]
1Succeed in achieving (something that one has worked for): clarify your objectives and ways of attaining them he attained the rank of Brigadier
More example sentences
  • However happiness is not something that can be acquired, attained, achieved or gathered.
  • The examples of terrorist organisations that have succeeded in attaining their strategic goals are few and far between.
  • You may judge for yourself the degree to which I've succeeded in attaining that goal.
Synonyms
achieve, accomplish, reach, arrive at, come by, obtain, gain, procure, secure, get, grasp, hook, net, win, earn, acquire, establish, make; realize, fulfil, succeed in, bring off, bring about, bring to fruition, carry off, carry through, effect
informal hit, clinch, bag, wangle, wrap up, polish off
1.1Reach (a specified age, size, or amount): dolphins can attain speeds in water which man cannot yet emulate
More example sentences
  • The late Mrs. Boyle had attained the age of one-hundred years, and enjoyed good health up to the end.
  • One in ten children die before they attain the age of five years, adds the report.
  • The reality sinks in when they attain puberty by which time they are told they have no choice.

Origin

Middle English (in the senses 'bring to justice' and 'reach a state'): from Old French ateindre, from Latin attingere, from ad- 'at, to' + tangere 'to touch'.

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