AskDefine | Define attain

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1 to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks" [syn: achieve, accomplish, 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" [syn: reach, hit]
3 find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake" [syn: fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, 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" [syn: reach, make, hit, arrive at, gain]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To accomplish; to achieve.
    To attain such a high level of proficiency requires hours of practice each day.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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