Definition of attain :
2. To achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach by efforts; to gain; to compass; as, to attain rest.
3. To come or arrive, by an effort of mind.
4. To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach.
5. To gain or obtain possession of; to acquire.
6. To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.
7. To overtake.
8. To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.
9. To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at.
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add (part of speech: verb)
succeed (part of speech: verb)
arrive (part of speech: verb)
- If they are not determined to a particular development they can attain it only by Chance. - "The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer", John Gerard.
- He had a regard for the work as a whole and a care for its details, to which the Colonne orchestra did not quite attain. - "Musicians of To-Day", Romain Rolland Commentator: Claude Landi.
- If nothing better, mere recognition, or exultation in an excellence to which we do not attain, has a saving grace of its own. - "From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life", Captain A. T. Mahan.