verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of attain
Examples from the Web for attained
Remember how Scott Brown attained wattage in 2009 by beating Democrat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts?Eric Cantor’s Primary Loss Is a Political Earthquake. And It’s Awful.|Michael Tomasky|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Dyan Cannon and Grant Grant split, she attained a restraining order, so he rented another house a bit further down the road.
It attained its $2 million goal in less than ten hours, the most famous example of fans resurrecting a show in Hollywood history.
Now, at an age she considers her prime, she says has attained her goal.Rita Moreno, SAG Life Achievement Award Winner, Talks Brando, Elvis And West Side Story|Sandra McElwaine|January 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I am a citizen of two countries that attained their independence through hard-won fights for self-determination.
In this way the curious parallelism to animal motions, which was so striking and disturbing to the human beholder, was attained.The War of the Worlds|H. G. Wells
When the young has attained a certain size, the mother removes it from the pouch, but takes it in from time to time to suckle it.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
Anyway, one can observe a certain awkwardness about him when he has attained such objects.White Nights and Other Stories|Fyodor Dostoevsky
He was a wilful roamer in literature and the world, who attained to no mastery except over words.George Borrow|Edward Thomas
My readers must be judges as to the measure of success, if any, I have attained in it.The Empire of the East|H. B. Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for attained
Word Origin for attain
Word Origin and History for attained
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.