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.
There is an aura of transcendence, a spiritual fulfillment that comes with attaining “an intense transactional present.”
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Overcoming Fear The third chakra, at the solar plexus, manipura, is about overcoming fear and attaining a sense of belonging.
The Tantric Sex in Avatar Asra Q. Nomani March 3, 2010
This journey of discovering the balance between the spirit and the flesh is “attaining spiritual greatness” for me.
Prop 8’s Aftermath: With Gay Rights, Religion Still Lags Sir Ari Gold February 7, 2012
James did not immediately make peace, holding himself possibly in readiness in the event of Warbeck’s attaining any success.
An Outline of the Relations between England and Scotland (500-1707) Robert S. Rait
To this method of attaining an object, they have frequent recourse.
Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
On attaining a certain age, the Limeñas totally alter their habits of life.
Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests J. J. von Tschudi
Who knows but we may be aiming at the greater, and fail of attaining the lesser?
The great Tsar had his own patient way of attaining his ends through many defeats and much discouragement.
Boris the Bear-Hunter Fred Whishaw
As for Roman freedom, what hope is left to us of attaining that?
Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
Writers who seem to have composed with the greatest ease have exerted much labour in attaining this facility.
The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 2 (of 10) Alexander Pope
(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.
an act of . something ; a personal acquirement; achievement. Contemporary Examples There are no scientific, medical, or technological barriers to its attainment. Gordon Brown on Why Education Is Every Human’s Right Gordon Brown July 13, 2012 Historical Examples In its zeal for the attainment of its end, it is not delicate in the choice […]
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noun (Brit, education) a general defined level of ability that a pupil is expected to achieve in every subject at each key stage in the National Curriculum AT
Law. to condemn by a sentence or a bill or act of attainder. to disgrace. Archaic. to accuse. Obsolete. to prove the guilt of. Obsolete. a stain; disgrace; taint. Historical Examples Hereditaryship is, in this sense, as much an attaint upon principle, as an outrage upon society. The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume II Thomas […]
Law. to condemn by a sentence or a bill or act of attainder. to disgrace. Archaic. to accuse. Obsolete. to prove the guilt of. Obsolete. a stain; disgrace; taint. Historical Examples Let him die for my father and not for his country; let his name be attainted and his memory blighted. The Cid Pierre Corneille […]