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Definitions of attain

  1. To reach; to arrive at. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach by efforts; to gain; to compass; as, to attain rest. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To gain or obtain possession of; to acquire. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To reach in excellence or degree; to equal. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To achieve; gain; accomplish. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To reach or gain by effort: to obtain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To reach by efforts; to arrive at. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To arrive at (a desired object); acquire; achieve; reach. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To come or arrive, by an effort of mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To reach. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To come or arrive: to reach. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made the plane"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. To arrive or reach with effort; with to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To reach, gain, or achieve by exertion an object, a place, or a position. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. Attainment. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Attain abillty, attain ableness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for attain

  1. One regards perfection, but cannot attain it. – Success (Second Edition) by Max Aitken Beaverbrook
  2. How are we to attain to this Stilling of the Mind, which is the secret of all power and possession? – Pagan & Christian Creeds Their Origin and Meaning by Edward Carpenter
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