attain

[uh-teyn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to reach, achieve, or accomplish; gain; obtain: to attain one's goals.
2.
to come to or arrive at, especially after some labor or tedium; reach: to attain the age of 96; to attain the mountain peak.
verb (used without object)
3.
to arrive at or succeed in reaching or obtaining something (usually followed by to or unto ): to attain to knowledge.
4.
to reach in the course of development or growth: These trees attain to remarkable height.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English atei(g)nen < Anglo-French, Old French ateign- (stem of ateindre) < Vulgar Latin *attangere (for Latin attingere), equivalent to Latin at- at- + tangere to touch

attainer, noun
reattain, verb (used with object)
unattained, adjective
unattaining, adjective
well-attained, adjective


1. secure. See gain1.


1, 2. miss.
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attain (əˈteɪn)
 
vb (often foll by to)
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.  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]
 
at'tainable
 
adj
 
attaina'bility
 
n
 
at'tainableness
 
n

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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" + tangere "to touch" (see tangent).
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Example sentences
Rockfish are exceptionally long-lived fish; black rockfish live to age 40, and
  yelloweye rockfish can attain ages of over 100.
It's a goal that disciplines minds, even if you never quite attain it.
Many attain the grades normally needed to get into university.
How-to investment books tell readers how to attain the moneyed life.
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