attain

The verb attain is all about reaching some mark of achievement. You can attain a goal. You can even attain a destination. If you consistently have the highest grades in your class, you might attain a reputation for success.

Attain derives in part from the Latin tangere "to touch," which is also at the root of retain "to keep," obtain "to get," contain "to control." One might obtain the discipline to contain one's emotions while studying, thereby attaining control and retaining more information.

Definitions of attain
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v gain with effort

Synonyms:
accomplish, achieve, reach
Types:
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score
get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance
get to, make, progress to, reach
reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"
begin
achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
come to, strike
attain
culminate
reach the highest or most decisive point
compass
bring about; accomplish
average
achieve or reach on average
finagle, manage, wangle
achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
test
achieve a certain score or rating on a test
Type of:
bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
attain success or reach a desired goal

v reach a point in time, or a certain state or level

Synonyms:
hit, reach
Types:
max out
reach a maximum
break even
attain a level at which there is neither gain nor loss, as in business, gambling, or a competitive sport
Type of:
arrive, come, get
reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

v reach a destination, either real or abstract

Synonyms:
arrive at, gain, hit, make, reach
make
reach in time
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catch up
reach the point where one should be after a delay
scale, surmount
reach the highest point of
access, get at
reach or gain access to
bottom out
reach the low point
peak, top out
to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity
breast, summit
reach the summit (of a mountain)
top
reach or ascend the top of
make
reach in time
find
succeed in reaching; arrive at
culminate
reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body
come through, get through
succeed in reaching a real or abstract destination after overcoming problems
ground, run aground
hit or reach the ground
come back
even the score, in sports
crest
reach a high point

v find unexpectedly

Synonyms:
chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, discover, fall upon, happen upon, light upon, strike
Type of:
find, regain
come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost

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