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attain

[uh-teyn] /əˈteɪn/
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
1300-1350
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
Related forms
attainer, noun
reattain, verb (used with object)
unattained, adjective
unattaining, adjective
well-attained, adjective
Synonyms
1. secure. See gain1 .
Antonyms
1, 2. miss.
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attain

/əˈteɪn/
verb
1.
(transitive) to achieve or accomplish (a task, goal, aim, etc)
2.
(transitive) to reach or arrive at in space or time: to attain old age
3.
(intransitive) often foll by to. to arrive (at) with effort or exertion: to attain to glory
Derived Forms
attainable, adjective
attainability, attainableness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ateindre, from Latin attingere to reach, from tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for re-attain

attain

v.

c.1300, "to succeed in reaching," from stem of Old French ataindre (11c., Modern French atteindre) "to come up to, reach, attain, endeavor, strive," from Vulgar Latin *adtangere, from Latin attingere "to touch, to arrive at," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Latin attingere had a wide range of meanings, including "to attack, to strike, to appropriate, to manage," all somehow suggested by the literal sense "to touch." Related: Attained; attaining.

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