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.
They employ every trick to attain real power, though it is not absolute.
Purim Perils: His View Is His Own Rabbi Daniel Landes February 17, 2013
Only governments that can laugh at themselves will attain lasting stability.
Celebrate Dictator Appreciation Month David Keyes June 19, 2013
“The U.S. Navy will attain IOC [initial operational capability] in 2018 with 3F software,” DellaVedova wrote.
Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal Dave Majumdar January 7, 2015
In Perfect Lives, determined and sometimes desperate attempts to attain perfection tend to backfire.
Rocking to Perfection Lizzie Crocker April 3, 2011
Belgium, meanwhile, was told that taking Guantanamo prisoners would be a “low-cost way…to attain prominence in Europe.”
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She adores him, but her standard of perfection is so exalted few can attain it.
Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
And to attain it, we must be aware of its full meaning—and ready to pay its full price.
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Litaku, Kurrichani, and other similar towns are Sichuana; the Kaffre civilization being said to attain its maximum hereabouts.
The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies Robert Gordon Latham
Every thought was bent to attain the end, no labour was deemed to arduous.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
If the theory is true you should move on in order to attain a full development.
The Independence Day Horror at Killsbury Asenath Carver Coolidge
(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.
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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. […]
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 […]