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  • 1 Attain — At*tain ([a^]t*t[=a]n ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attained} ( t[=a]nd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Attaining}.] [Of. atteinen, atteignen, atainen, OF. ateindre, ataindre, F. atteindre, fr. L. attingere; ad + tangere to touch, reach. See {Tangent}, and cf.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Attain — At*tain , v. i. 1. To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach. [1913 Webster] If by any means they might attain to Phenice. Acts xxvii. 12. [1913 Webster] Nor nearer might the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 attain — c.1300, to succeed in reaching, from stem of O.Fr. ataindre (11c., Mod.Fr. atteindre) to come up to, reach, attain, endeavor, strive, from V.L. *adtangere, from L. attingere to touch, to arrive at, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + tangere to touch …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 Attain — At*tain , n. Attainment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 attain — I verb accomplish, achieve, acquire, adsequi, arrive at, be successful, bring about, bring off successfully, bring to pass, carry through, come by, come to, complete, consequi, consummate, earn, effect, effectuate, finish, gain, gain one s end,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 attain — *reach, compass, gain, achieve Analogous words: *come, arrive: win, acquire, secure, obtain, *get: accomplish, effect (see PERFORM) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 attain — [v] achieve, accomplish accede to, acquire, arrive, arrive at, bring off, come through, complete, cop*, earn, effect, fulfill, gain, get*, get fat*, get hands on, get there, glom onto*, grasp, hit, latch onto, make it, obtain, procure, promote,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 attain — ► VERB 1) succeed in accomplishing. 2) reach (a specified age, size, or amount). DERIVATIVES attainable adjective. ORIGIN Latin attingere, from tangere to touch …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 attain — [ə tān′] vt. [ME attainen < OFr ataindre < L attingere < ad , to + tangere, to touch: see TACT] 1. to gain through effort; accomplish; achieve 2. to reach or come to; arrive at [he attained the age of ninety] vi. to succeed in reaching… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 attain — 01. It will be difficult to [attain] your goal of fluency if you don t make an effort to speak more in class. 02. The world s largest snakes can [attain] a length of more than 9 yards. 03. The car [attains] its top speed of 180 kmh within seconds …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 11 attain — attainer, n. /euh tayn /, v.t. 1. to reach, achieve, or accomplish; gain; obtain: to attain one s goals. 2. to come to or arrive at, esp. after some labor or tedium; reach: to attain the age of 96; to attain the mountain peak. v.i. 3. to arrive… …

    Universalium

  • 12 attain — at•tain [[t]əˈteɪn[/t]] v. t. 1) to reach, achieve, or accomplish; gain; obtain: to attain one s goals[/ex] 2) to come to or arrive at: to attain the mountain peak[/ex] 3) to succeed in reaching something: to attain to knowledge[/ex] 4) to reach… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 attain — [[t]əte͟ɪn[/t]] attains, attaining, attained 1) VERB If you attain something, you gain it or achieve it, often after a lot of effort. [FORMAL] [V n] Jim is halfway to attaining his pilot s licence. 2) VERB If you attain a particular state or… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 attain */ — UK [əˈteɪn] / US verb [transitive] Word forms attain : present tense I/you/we/they attain he/she/it attains present participle attaining past tense attained past participle attained formal 1) to succeed in achieving something, especially after a… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 attain — /əˈteɪn / (say uh tayn) verb (t) 1. to reach, achieve, or accomplish by continued effort: to attain one s ends. 2. to come to or arrive at in due course: to attain the opposite shore. –phrase 3. attain to, to arrive at; succeed in reaching or… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 attain — verb Etymology: Middle English atteynen, from Anglo French ateign , stem of ateindre to reach, accomplish, convict, from Vulgar Latin *attangere, alteration of Latin attingere, from ad + tangere to touch more at tangent Date: 14th century transi …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 attain — verb To accomplish; to achieve. To attain such a high level of proficiency requires hours of practice each day …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 attain — verb Attain is used with these nouns as the object: ↑adulthood, ↑age, ↑balance, ↑end, ↑excellence, ↑fitness, ↑goal, ↑grade, ↑height, ↑ideal, ↑immortality, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 attain — Synonyms and related words: accede, accomplish, achieve, approach, arrive, arrive at, arrive in, attain to, be instated, be received, blow in, bob up, check in, clock in, come, come in, come to, come to hand, compass, consummate, deal with,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 attain — at|tain [ ə teın ] verb transitive FORMAL * 1. ) to succeed at achieving something, especially after much effort: ACHIEVE: Not all athletes attain this standard of physical fitness. 2. ) to reach a particular age, amount, or level: On attaining… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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