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.
- at·tain·er, noun
- re·at·tain, verb (used with object)
- un·at·tain·ing, adjective
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How to use attain in a sentence
Over the course of seven years and 24 conversations, I have not attained any particular expertise as a poetry critic, but I’ve garnered something more valuable.I didn’t think I understood modern poetry. The less I tried to get it, the more I came to love it. | Ron Charles | December 4, 2020 | Washington Post
For this strategy to work, however, Robinhood must prove it can attain maturity itself.Robinhood’s next adventure: Stealing market share from the rich | Jeff | December 3, 2020 | Fortune
That’s up from about $450 million valuation that CRED attained after its $120 million Series B round last year.2-year-old CRED valued at $800 million after $80 million funding round | Manish Singh | November 30, 2020 | TechCrunch
As a result, growth companies such as Stone Payments, Netshoes, PagSeguro, Arco Educação and XP Investimentos did their IPOs in New York where they attained higher valuations.Will Brazil’s Roaring 20s see the rise of early-stage startups? | Walter Thompson | November 23, 2020 | TechCrunch
Like the previous records, the new record was attained under extremely high pressures—roughly two and a half million times greater than that of the air we breathe.Room-temperature superconductivity has been achieved for the first time | Niall Firth | October 14, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
For that matter where did any of them attain their particular implements, and how much time did they waste attaining them?The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks | Max Brooks | January 14, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Overcoming Fear The third chakra, at the solar plexus, manipura, is about overcoming fear and attaining a sense of belonging.
The artist, though emphasizing the latter, can scarcely achieve power in this without also attaining the former.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The leathered Diapason, indeed, is now attaining a zenith of popularity both in England and America.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
The plant is strong and vigorous, ripening in a few weeks, and when properly cultivated (p. 385) attaining a very large size.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
In most states the rights of surviving children end on attaining their majority.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Throughout their lives, believers will be imperfect, and will be called to use this means of attaining their expected end.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
British Dictionary definitions for attain
(tr) to achieve or accomplish (a task, goal, aim, etc)
(tr) to reach or arrive at in space or time: to attain old age
(intr often foll by to) to arrive (at) with effort or exertion: to attain to glory
- attainable, adjective
- attainability or attainableness, noun
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