verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- attack ad,
- attack dog,
- attack rate,
- attainment target,
Origin of attain
Examples from the Web for attaining
There is an aura of transcendence, a spiritual fulfillment that comes with attaining “an intense transactional present.”Must Read Novels: Ballard, Dybek, and Krasznahorkai|Jacob Silverman, Malcolm Forbes, John McIntyre|April 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Overcoming Fear The third chakra, at the solar plexus, manipura, is about overcoming fear and attaining a sense of belonging.
The total number of remembered dreams varies considerably with different observers, some attaining an average of ten per night.
Concentration is the prime requisite in attaining rapid results.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
Attaining the locality, however, they were amazed to find all the traces of a previous occupation.
Each brain comes clothed with its own secret, having its own orbit, attaining its own unique experience.A Man's Value to Society|Newell Dwight Hillis
There was no chance of his attaining the blessed haven of disillusionment.Smith and the Pharaohs, and Other Tales|Henry Rider Haggard
Word Origin for attain
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.