to reach, achieve, or accomplish; gain; obtain:
to attain one’s goals.
to come to or arrive at, especially after some labor or tedium; reach:
to attain the age of 96; to attain the mountain peak.
to arrive at or succeed in reaching or obtaining something (usually followed by to or unto):
to attain to knowledge.
to reach in the course of development or growth:
These trees attain to remarkable height.
(transitive) to achieve or accomplish (a task, goal, aim, etc)
(transitive) to reach or arrive at in space or time: to attain old age
(intransitive) often foll by to. to arrive (at) with effort or exertion: to attain to glory
c.1300, “to succeed in reaching,” from stem of Old French ataindre (11c., Modern French atteindre) “to come up to, reach, attain, endeavor, strive,” from Vulgar Latin *adtangere, from Latin attingere “to touch, to arrive at,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + tangere “to touch” (see tangent). Latin attingere had a wide range of meanings, including “to attack, to strike, to appropriate, to manage,” all somehow suggested by the literal sense “to touch.” Related: Attained; attaining.
capable of being . Contemporary Examples TomfooleryTM: Ever hit on someone because they were ‘attainable’ and get shot down? Tweeting Through the Pain The Daily Beast March 30, 2009 No one beats the Barefoot Contessa in the kitchen thanks to her attainable and amazing recipes. Trisha Yearwood’s Favorite Food Trisha Yearwood November 28, 2010 Though […]
capable of being . Historical Examples That bucket now—a sip from it would rehabilitate them, give them at least the semblance of attainability. When ‘Bear Cat’ Went Dry Charles Neville Buck Control of the future is indeed precious in exact proportion to its difficulty, its moderate degree of attainability. Human Nature and Conduct John Dewey […]
the legal consequence of judgment of death or outlawry for treason or felony, involving the loss of all civil rights. Obsolete, . Historical Examples He was not released until the accession of Mary, parliament restoring his dukedom on his petition for reversal of the attainder. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 7 Various The […]
to reach, achieve, or accomplish; gain; obtain: to attain one’s goals. to come to or arrive at, especially after some labor or tedium; reach: to attain the age of 96; to attain the mountain peak. to arrive at or succeed in reaching or obtaining something (usually followed by to or unto): to attain to knowledge. […]