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v. at·tained, at·tain·ing, at·tains
1. To gain as an objective; achieve: attain a diploma by hard work.
2. To come to or arrive at, as through movement, growth, or the passage of time: Redwoods can attain a height of 300 feet.
To succeed in a directed effort, process, or progression: attained to high office; eventually attained to wisdom.
[Middle English atteinen, from Old French ataindre, ataign-, to reach to, from Vulgar Latin *attangere, from Latin attingere : ad-, ad- + tangere, to touch; see tag- in Indo-European roots.]
1. (tr) to achieve or accomplish (a task, goal, aim, etc)
2. (tr) to reach or arrive at in space or time: to attain old age.
3. (often foll by: to) to arrive (at) with effort or exertion: to attain to glory.
[C14: from Old French ateindre, from Latin attingere to reach, from tangere to touch]
atˌtainaˈbility, atˈtainableness n
1. to reach, achieve, or accomplish; gain; obtain: to attain one's goals.
2. to come to or arrive at: to attain the mountain peak.v.i.
3. to succeed in reaching something: to attain to knowledge.
4. to reach in the course of development or growth: These trees attain to remarkable height.
[1300–50; Middle English atei(g)nen < Anglo-French, Old French ateign-, s. of ateindre < Vulgar Latin *attangere (for Latin attingere) = Latin at- at- + tangere to touch]
at•tain`a•bil′i•ty, at•tain′a•ble•ness, n.
syn: See gain1.
attain- First meant "bring to justice."
See also related terms for justice.
Past participle: attained
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|Verb||1.||attain - to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"|
score - get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance; "She scored high on the SAT"; "He scored a 200"
get to, progress to, reach, make - reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"; "We made it!"; "She may not make the grade"
bring home the bacon, deliver the goods, succeed, win, come through - attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"
begin - achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; "This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation"; "You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war"
culminate - reach the highest or most decisive point
compass - bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
average - achieve or reach on average; "He averaged a C"
|2.||attain - reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; "The thermometer hit 100 degrees"; "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"|
arrive, come, get - reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress; "She arrived home at 7 o'clock"; "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight"
max out - reach a maximum; "I maxed out on all my credit cards"
break even - attain a level at which there is neither gain nor loss, as in business, gambling, or a competitive sport
|3.||attain - find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"|
chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, fall upon, happen upon, light upon, discover, strike
|4.||attain - reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made it to the finish line"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"|
catch up - reach the point where one should be after a delay; "I caught up on my homework"
get at, access - reach or gain access to; "How does one access the attic in this house?"; "I cannot get to the T.V. antenna, even if I climb on the roof"
bottom out - reach the low point; "Prices bottomed out and started to rise again after a while"
peak, top out - to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity; "That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929";"Bids for the painting topped out at $50 million"
summit, breast - reach the summit (of a mountain); "They breasted the mountain"; "Many mountaineers go up Mt. Everest but not all summit"
top - reach or ascend the top of; "The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"
make - reach in time; "We barely made the plane"
find - succeed in reaching; arrive at; "The arrow found its mark"
culminate - reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body
come through, get through - succeed in reaching a real or abstract destination after overcoming problems; "We finally got through the bureaucracy and could talk to the Minister"
1. obtain, get, win, reach, effect, land, score (slang), complete, gain, achieve, earn, secure, realize, acquire, fulfil, accomplish, grasp, reap, procure He's halfway to attaining his pilot's licence.
يَنال، يَبْلُغ، يُحَقِّق
vt aim, rank, age, perfection → erreichen; knowledge, independence → erlangen; happiness, prosperity, power → gelangen zu; he has attained his ambitions → er hat sein Ziel erreicht
to gain; to achieve. He attained all his ambitions. behaal, bereik يَنال، يَبْلُغ، يُحَقِّق постигам atingir dosáhnout erreichen opnå κατορθώνω, αποκτώ, πραγματοποιώconseguir, alcanzar, lograr saavutama بدست آوردن saavuttaa atteindre, réaliser לְהַשִׂיג प्राप्त करना ostvariti elér mencapai ná, öðlast realizzare, raggiungere 成し遂げる 이루다 pasiekti sasniegt; iegūt mencapai bereikennåosiągnąć لاسته راوړل atingir a(-şi) realiza, a atinge достигать dosiahnuť doseči; uresničiti ostvariti; postići uppnå, vinna ถึง; บรรลุเป้าหมาย ulaşmak, erişmek 獲得，達到 досягати, добиватися حاصل کرنا đạt được 获得，达到