Attain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈteɪn|  American pronunciation of the word attain
Brit.  |əˈteɪn|  British pronunciation of the word attain


- to gain with effort (syn: accomplish, achieve, reach)
- reach a point in time, or a certain state or level (syn: hit, reach)
- find unexpectedly (syn: discover, strike)
- reach a destination, either real or abstract (syn: gain, hit, make, reach)


She refused to let the injury keep her from attaining her goal of being in the Olympics.

This kind of tree can attain a height of 20 feet within just a few years.

The car can attain a top speed of 200 mph.

The heroic marshal, however, attained the opposite shore.

Sir Lidian had attained his sixteenth year.

He has attained to years of discretion.

More women are attaining positions of power.

Share prices attained a high of $3.27.

After a year she had attained her ideal weight.

This target should be attainable.

How can we attain to such wealth?

But for all their influence, D.C. lobbyists have failed to attain one elusive goal: public respect.

a high-sounding dissertation on the means to attain social revolution

Word forms

I/you/we/they: attain
he/she/it: attains
present participle: attaining
past tense: attained
past participle: attained
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