- 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.
Origin of attain
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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.
June 11, 2014
When Dyan Cannon and Grant Grant split, she attained a restraining order, so he rented another house a bit further down the road.The Rise of the Malibu Movie Colony
April 29, 2014
It attained its $2 million goal in less than ten hours, the most famous example of fans resurrecting a show in Hollywood history.A Fan Night Out: The Return of Veronica Mars
March 14, 2014
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
January 15, 2014
I am a citizen of two countries that attained their independence through hard-won fights for self-determination.The South Sudan Clashes Are No Tribal War
December 30, 2013
December 29, 1893, Mr. Gladstone attained the eighty-fourth year of his age.
December 29, 1879, Mr. Gladstone attained the seventieth year of his age.
We have its advantages, but there are advantages to which we have not yet attained.The Conquest of Fear
He ran with all the speed he had ever attained at a track meet.Her Father's Daughter
Magua had now attained one great object of all his cunning and enterprise.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- (tr) to achieve or accomplish (a task, goal, aim, etc)
- (tr) to reach or arrive at in space or timeto attain old age
- (intr often foll by to) to arrive (at) with effort or exertionto attain to glory
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.