attain definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • to get as an objective; attain: attain a diploma by dedication.
    • to reach at, as by virtue of perseverance and/or passage of time. See Synonyms at reach.
    • to produce or accomplish, that's, to achieve by attempts; to get; to compass.
    • To gain or acquire control of; to get.
    • to find the information of; to see.
    • to achieve or come to, by progression or motion; to-arrive at.
    • To overtake.
    • to achieve in quality or degree; to equal.
    • To gain as a goal; achieve: achieve a diploma by work.
    • To arrive at, as by virtue of perseverance or perhaps the passage of time. See Synonyms at reach.
    • to realize or achieve, which, to achieve by efforts; to gain; to compass.
    • to achieve or obtain ownership of; to acquire.
    • To get at the ability of; to determine.
    • to attain or started to, by development or movement; to-arrive at.
    • To overtake.
    • to achieve in superiority or level; to equal.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To succeed in a directed energy, process, or progression: gained to high office; in the course of time attained to wisdom.
    • in the future or show up, by movement, development, bodily effort, or efforts toward a spot, item, state, etc.; to attain.
    • ahead or show up, by an attempt of mind.
    • to achieve a directed energy, procedure, or progression: attained to large workplace; in the course of time attained to wisdom.
    • To come or arrive, by movement, growth, actual exertion, or efforts toward someplace, object, condition, etc.; to achieve.
    • To come or show up, by an endeavor of mind.
  • verb:
    • To accomplish; to obtain.
    • get to a destination, either genuine or abstract
    • get to a point with time, or a specific state or level
    • look for unexpectedly
    • to achieve with effort
    • to complete; to reach.
    • reach a destination, either real or abstract
    • reach a point with time, or a certain condition or amount
    • find unexpectedly
    • to get with energy
  • noun:
    • Attainment.
    • Something accomplished. Glanville.
    • Attainment.
    • Something attained. Glanville.
  • others:
    • To touch; attack; hit.
    • To touch upon; mention.
    • To convict; condemn. Compare attaint, v., 3-5.
    • ahead so near on touch; get to, attain, or accomplish (a finish or object) by continued energy; come right into ownership of; acquire; gain.
    • to come calmly to or reach (someplace); get to (a location, time, or state).
    • to attain in excellence or level; equal.
    • To overtake; produce: as, “not attaining him with time,” Bacon.
    • to get to understand; knowledge.
    • To reach; come or show up by motion, actual or psychological exertion, or attempts of any kind: accompanied by to or unto.
    • To pertain; have relation.
    • To touch; strike; hit.
    • To touch upon; mention.
    • To convict; condemn. Compare attaint, v., 3-5.
    • in the future so near as to touch; reach, achieve, or achieve (an-end or item) by continued effort; come right into possession of; gain; gain.
    • To come to or reach (a place); get to (a location, time, or condition).
    • to achieve in quality or level; equal.
    • To overtake; come up with: as, “not attaining him in time,” Bacon.
    • to come quickly to understand; experience.
    • To reach; come or arrive by movement, bodily or psychological exertion, or attempts of any sort: accompanied by to or unto.
    • To pertain; have connection.

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