What is the meaning of attain?


  • To gain with effort.
    • usage: "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"
  • Reach a point in time, or a certain state or level.
    • usage: "The thermometer hit 100 degrees"; "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
  • Find unexpectedly.
    • usage: "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
  • Reach a destination, either real or abstract.
    • usage: "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"
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