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Meaning & Definition of Attain in English





1. To gain with effort

  • "She achieved her goal despite setbacks"
  • achieve,
  • accomplish,
  • attain,
  • reach

2. Reach a point in time, or a certain state or level

  • "The thermometer hit 100 degrees"
  • "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
  • reach,
  • hit,
  • attain

3. Find unexpectedly

  • "The archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"
  • "She struck a goldmine"
  • "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
  • fall upon,
  • strike,
  • come upon,
  • light upon,
  • chance upon,
  • come across,
  • chance on,
  • happen upon,
  • attain,
  • discover

4. Reach a destination, either real or abstract

  • "We hit detroit by noon"
  • "The water reached the doorstep"
  • "We barely made it to the finish line"
  • "I have to hit the mac machine before the weekend starts"
  • reach,
  • make,
  • attain,
  • hit,
  • arrive at,
  • gain

Examples of using

One day, all children in Malaysia will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
Now it is true that I believe this country is following a dangerous trend when it permits too great a degree of centralization of governmental functions. I oppose this — in some instances the fight is a rather desperate one. But to attain any success it is quite clear that the Federal government cannot avoid or escape responsibilities which the mass of the people firmly believe should be undertaken by it. The political processes of our country are such that if a rule of reason is not applied in this effort,
Everyone strives for efficiency but few seem to attain it.