Attain

[ɐtˈe͡ɪn], [ɐtˈe‍ɪn], [ɐ_t_ˈeɪ_n]

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

Antonyms for attain:

fall short, part, let go, fail, give, hand over, yield, relinquish, pay, forfeit, accord, give up, miss, lose, grant, abandon, surrender.


Quotes for attain:

  1. There is also a perfection of degrees, by which a person performs all the commands of God, with the full exertion of all his powers, without the least defect. This is what the law of God requires, but what the saints cannot attain to in this life. – Charles Buck
  2. For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences. – Miguel de Cervantes
  3. It occured to me that eating is the only form of professionalism most people ever attain – Don DeLillo
  4. All that spirits desire, spirits attain – Khalil Gibran
  5. To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something. – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  6. On what can we now place our hopes of solving the many riddles which still exist as to the origin and composition of cosmic rays? It must be emphasized here above all that to attain really decisive progress greater funds must be made available. – Victor Francis Hess
  7. Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain – David Hume
  8. She has great problems of her own to solve, very grim and perilous problems, and a right solution, if we can attain to it, would largely benefit mankind. – Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
  9. To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness. – Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. – Albert Schweitzer
  11. I do know that some Buddhists are able to attain peace of mind. – Martin Scorsese
  12. As a father, my first priority is to help my sons set and attain personal goals so they will develop self -confidence and individual strength. Engaging in regular fitness activities with my children helps me fulfill those responsibilities. – Alan Thicke
  13. Our firm conviction that ours is a just cause and that we must find a peaceful way to attain our goals gave us the strength and the awareness of the limits beyond which we must not go. – Lech Walesa
  14. Soft addictions are an alluring, seductive aspect of our culture- they are easy to attain and socially acceptable, they are even encouraged in many cases. Yet they are lethal to the spirit. – Judith Wright

Usage examples for attain:

  1. 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
  2. But even the education we do give is ill fitted to attain its true end. ” – Men, Women, and God by A. Herbert Gray
  3. “ 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
  4. Through what hardships it may attain to bear a sweet fruit! ” – Wild Apples by Henry David Thoreau
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. He had felt that was the one thing in life to attain – Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley
  15. 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
  16. What then was the resurrection to attain which he was making such strenuous efforts? ” – Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries by Annie Besant
  17. 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
  18. One regards perfection, but cannot attain it. ” – Success (Second Edition) by Max Aitken Beaverbrook
  19. And shall he who can attain to the greater, rest content with the less? ” – Studies in Literature by John Morley
  20. “ " 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

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