- 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 unattained
It is the pursuit not of the unattained but of the unattainable to which we are vowed.At Large
Arthur Christopher Benson
Life is a constant reaching after the unattained for ourselves and for the world.Judges and Ruth
Robert A. Watson
She did not lose her hold upon the actual because she was striving after the unattained.A Manifest Destiny
For the present the circus must remain an unattained dream to Lou.Anything Once
The spirit is your ideal, the unattained, the otherworldly; spirit is the name of your—god, "God is spirit."The Ego and His Own
- (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 unattained
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.