English Synonyms and Antonyms
A person may obtain a situation by the intercession of friends, he procures a dinner by paying for it. Attain is a lofty word, pointing to some high or desirable result; a man attains the mountain summit, he attains honor or learning as the result of strenuous and earnest labor. Even that usage of attain which has been thought to refer to mere progress of time carries the thought of a result desired; as, to attain to old age; the man desires to live to a good old age; we should not speak of his attaining his dotage. One may attain an object that will prove not worth his labor, but what he achieves is in itself great and splendid; as, the Greeks at Marathon achieved a glorious victory. Compare DO; GET; REACH.
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achieve, accomplish, attain, reachverb
to gain with effort
"she achieved her goal despite setbacks"
touch, chance upon, give, progress to, carry through, hit, arrive at, pass on, fulfill, chance on, reach, fulfil, fall upon, extend to, strike, get hold of, make, get to, gain, execute, action, get through, happen upon, achieve, strive, pass, carry out, come across, reach out, turn over, accomplish, contact, strain, come upon, light upon, discover, hand
reach, hit, attainverb
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"
touch, chance upon, shoot, strive, dispatch, progress to, hit, rack up, pass on, achieve, reach, light upon, fall upon, strike, arrive at, score, get hold of, make, get to, polish off, pip, collide with, gain, off, impinge on, give, slay, run into, happen upon, stumble, pass, come across, reach out, murder, tally, turn over, accomplish, contact, come to, strain, come upon, extend to, chance on, get through, bump off, remove, hand, discover
fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, discoververb
"the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
detect, come over, chance upon, distinguish, excise, let out, hear, bring out, identify, hit, arrive at, disclose, let on, chance on, describe, get word, reach, take, key, fall upon, meet, strike, reveal, move, assume, enter upon, see, find out, collide with, coin, gain, encounter, give away, fall, divulge, walk out, impinge on, shine, affect, run into, scratch, happen upon, achieve, pick up, run across, come across, resonate, observe, get a line, notice, key out, mint, strickle, name, accomplish, impress, expose, take up, come to, expunge, unwrap, break, learn, come upon, light upon, get wind, discover, luck into, find, make
reach, make, attain, hit, arrive at, gainverb
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"
wee-wee, take, put on, micturate, bring in, construct, chance on, come upon, draw, stool, cook, have, piddle, hold, chance upon, piss, polish off, constitute, run into, remove, discover, light upon, do, reach, earn, make believe, contact, collide with, get to, shit, hand, defecate, lay down, name, pass water, off, stimulate, make headway, progress to, create, crap, derive, take a shit, pretend, make water, gain, ready, gather, strive, establish, extend to, realize, make up, strike, get through, dispatch, accomplish, give, relieve oneself, pull in, wee, induce, form, pee, benefit, make, strain, ca-ca, pull ahead, get, prepare, bump off, murder, advance, profit, take in, come across, get ahead, score, stumble, build, shoot, turn over, throw, slay, arrive at, pee-pee, tally, impinge on, reach out, spend a penny, pip, fall upon, pass, puddle, take a crap, rack up, clear, hit, produce, gain ground, nominate, acquire, achieve, come to, take a leak, touch, win, happen upon, get hold of, cause, urinate, work, fix, realise, seduce, pass on
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How to use attain in a sentence?
If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.
You can do what you want to do, accomplish what you want to accomplish, attain any reasonable objective you may have in mind--not all of a sudden, perhaps not in one swift and sweeping act of achievement--but you can do it gradually, day by day and play by play, if you want to do it, if you work to do it, over a sufficiently long period of time.
In case you don't know. Your current condition/socioeconomic status or position is not your final destination. Yes, you still have a lot to achieve/attain. Also, you still have many places to go in your lifetime. I mean, the/your best/finest/biggest/highest is on the way/underway.
Man is not a machine... Although man most certainly processes information, he does not necessarily process it in the way computers do. Computers and men are not species of the same genus... However much intelligence computers may attain, now or in the furture, theirs must always be an intelligence alien to genuine human problems and concerns.
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
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- aconseguirCatalan, Valencian
- erreichen, erlangenGerman
- κατορθώνω, πετυχαίνω, επιτυγχάνωGreek
- lograr, conseguirSpanish
- attenere, ottenere, raggiungereItalian
- 到る, 達成Japanese
- bereiken, realiserenDutch
- cumprir, efetuar, atingirPortuguese
- добиваться, достигнуть, добиться, достигать, достичьRussian
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