Definitions of attain

  1. reach a destination, either real or abstract; " We hit Detroit by noon"; " The water reached the doorstep"; " We barely made the plane"; " I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
  2. 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"
  3. find unexpectedly; " the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; " she struck a goldmine"; " The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
  4. 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"
  5. to gain with effort; " she achieved her goal despite setbacks"
  6. To overtake.
  7. To achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach by efforts; to gain; to compass; as, to attain rest.
  8. To gain or obtain possession of; to acquire.
  9. To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.
  10. To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at.
  11. To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.
  12. To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach.
  13. To come or arrive, by an effort of mind.
  14. Attainment.
  15. To achieve; gain; accomplish.
  16. To reach.
  17. To reach or gain by effort: to obtain.
  18. To come or arrive: to reach.
  19. To reach by efforts; to arrive at.
  20. To arrive at ( a desired object); acquire; achieve; reach.
  21. To arrive or reach with effort; with to.
  22. Attain abillty, attain ableness.
  23. To reach, gain, or achieve by exertion an object, a place, or a position.
  24. To reach; to arrive at.
  25. To come to or reach by exertion; to arrive at; to gain; to achieve.

Usage examples for attain

  1. What then was the resurrection to attain which he was making such strenuous efforts? – Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries by Annie Besant
  2. I have now hopes that joy and happiness will be our lot, and all of us, now affected as we are, may attain our wished- for objects. – Bagh O Bahar, Or Tales of the Four Darweshes by Mir Amman of Dihli
  3. Finally, in order to attain to any result in these studies, money is needed- why not say so? – Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research by Michael Sage
  4. Most of us have had to let years stretch between us and the blow before we could attain to that clear insight. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  5. He had felt that was the one thing in life to attain. – Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley
  6. How are we to attain to this Stilling of the Mind, which is the secret of all power and possession? – Pagan & Christian Creeds Their Origin and Meaning by Edward Carpenter
  7. " Oh, I think I'm done looking around in here," the one mentioned remarked, with a shade of disappointment in his voice; for Max disliked to give up any object he had set out to attain. – The Strange Cabin on Catamount Island by Lawrence J. Leslie
  8. The old lady was not ignorant of her devices; her own knowledge of the world was far greater than Mary could ever hope to attain. – A Vanished Hand by Sarah Doudney
  9. This last was added in an apparent attempt to attain to some suspicion that he felt to be reasonable. – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  10. But even the education we do give is ill fitted to attain its true end. – Men, Women, and God by A. Herbert Gray
  11. As, however, these changes proceed in the same direction, they may gradually attain considerable dimensions; and the amount of change which is produced in the path of the meteors in the lapse of centuries may be estimated by the two ellipses shown in Fig. – The Story of the Heavens by Robert Stawell Ball
  12. The cats are as large as three oxen, and the dogs attain the size of four elephants. – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck
  13. And I'm sure you don't mean really that goodness, if one could attain it, makes one unhappy." – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  14. Very much skill and very much labour have been devoted to the work, and the dimensions of the earth are known with a high degree of accuracy, though perhaps not with all the precision that we may ultimately hope to attain. – The Story of the Heavens by Robert Stawell Ball
  15. It was unfortunate in more ways than one, for Lizzie disliked him greatly, and he was, as it proved, a man who would stop at nothing- not even at the worst of crimes- to attain an object. – Tales from Dickens by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  16. And shall he who can attain to the greater, rest content with the less? – Studies in Literature by John Morley
  17. In a few weeks he would have vindicated the purity of his purpose to attain the divine life, and have proved himself worthy to claim the hand of Pepeeta! – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  18. One regards perfection, but cannot attain it. – Success (Second Edition) by Max Aitken Beaverbrook
  19. Through what hardships it may attain to bear a sweet fruit! – Wild Apples by Henry David Thoreau
  20. How far they might pass beyond it into the full privileges of recognition and association on equal terms, would depend upon the readiness with which they could atone for the errors or recover from the misfortunes of the past, and upon their power to attain stability, prosperity, strength, and responsibility. – The Hispanic Nations of the New World Volume 50 in The Chronicles Of America Series by William R. Shepherd