verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- attack ad,
- attack dog,
- attack rate,
- attainment target,
Origin of attain
Examples from the Web for unattained
If a man has a hungry heart, for ever yearning after unattained and impossible blessings, then there is no rest there.
It is language, which is unattainable, or at least unattained, by any animal except man.The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer|John Gerard
So we are to live, with continual reaching out of confidence, clear recognition, and eager desire to make our own the unattained.Expositions of Holy Scripture|Alexander Maclaren
The idea is that of a movement of yearning after an unattained good.The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon|Alexander Maclaren
While the object loved is as yet unattained, life is darker than darkest night.Zenobia|William Ware
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.