[ UK /ɐtˈe‍ɪn/ ]
[ US /əˈteɪn/ ]
  1. to gain with effort
    she achieved her goal despite setbacks
  2. find unexpectedly
    the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb
    The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake
    she struck a goldmine
  3. reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
    This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour
    The thermometer hit 100 degrees
  4. reach a destination, either real or abstract
    We barely made it to the finish line
    We hit Detroit by noon
    I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts
    The water reached the doorstep
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How To Use attain In A Sentence

  • But freshman composition, like the writing test, assumed a level of competency that few of these students had attained.
  • But freshman composition, like the writing test, assumed a level of competency that few of these students had attained.
  • Could the hearts of kings and the counsels of cabinets be known with that literal exactness which is so desirable in politics, and yet so unattainable, we should probably find that Prussia's apparent readiness to lead Germany was owing to her determination that German armies should be led nowhere to the assistance of Austria. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 39, January, 1861
  • The second is to realise when the goal is unattainable and turn the envy towards an achievable outcome. Times, Sunday Times
  • Cook in the oven till the okra is cooked and starts to attain a brown shade. Crispy Baked Okra Salad « Salt and Pepper.
  • Hence it became necessary to distinguish one from the other _by name_, and thus the notation from midnight gave rise, as I have remarked in one of my papers on Chaucer, to the English idiomatic phrase "of the clock;" or the reckoning of the clock, commencing at midnight, as distinguished from Roman equinoctial hours, commencing at six o'clock A.M. This was what Ben Jonson was meaning by attainment of majority at _six o'clock_, and not, as PROFESSOR DE M.RGAN supposes, "probably a certain sunrise. Notes and Queries, Number 214, December 3, 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.
  • Most of them were or had been heavy smokers, had attained a relatively low level of education, and had been employed in heavy physical work.
  • The girls attained dark expressions and each of them started growling slightly.
  • The judges decided to exclude evidence which had been unfairly attained.
  • Once you find and touch the key, which sits directly under the statue of the Buddha, you will attain paradise.
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