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'll probably 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," and 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
  1. verb
    gain with effort
    synonyms: accomplish, achieve, reach
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    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"
    achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
    come to, strike
    reach the highest or most decisive point
    bring about; accomplish
    achieve or reach on average
    finagle, manage, wangle, wrangle
    achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
    achieve a certain score or rating on a test
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    bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
    attain success or reach a desired goal
  2. verb
    reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
    synonyms: hit, reach
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    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
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    arrive, come, get
    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
  3. verb
    reach a destination, either real or abstract
    synonyms: arrive at, gain, hit, make, reach
    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)
    reach or ascend the top of
    reach in time
    succeed in reaching; arrive at
    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
    reach a high point
  4. verb
    find unexpectedly
    synonyms: chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, discover, fall upon, happen upon, light upon, strike
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    find, regain
    come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
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