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attain

at·tain

attain

 
 
pronunciation:
teIn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: attained, attaining, attains
definition 1: to achieve through effort.
Education will help you attain your goals.She worked hard to attain her position in the company.
 
synonyms:
achieve, acquire, compass, gain, get, obtain, realize
similar words:
actualize, earn, effect, hit, procure, secure, win
definition 2: to arrive at or reach successfully.
The nation struggled to attain independence.Serving in the Navy helped him attain maturity.
synonyms:
accomplish, achieve, arrive at, reach
similar words:
crown, gain, hit
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to achieve or reach something (usu. fol. by to).
She attained to wisdom and grace.
similar words:
aspire
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derivation: attainable (adj.)
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