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ATTAIN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attain mean? 

ATTAIN (verb)
  The verb ATTAIN has 4 senses:

1. to gain with effort
2. reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
3. find unexpectedly
4. reach a destination, either real or abstract

  Familiarity information: ATTAIN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ATTAIN (verb)


Sense 1attain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To gain with effort

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

achieve; attain; accomplish; reach

Context example:

she achieved her goal despite setbacks

Hypernyms (to "attain" is one way to...):

bring home the bacon; come through; deliver the goods; succeed; win (attain success or reach a desired goal)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "attain"):

average (achieve or reach on average)

compass (bring about; accomplish)

culminate (reach the highest or most decisive point)

come to; strike (attain)

begin (achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative)

get to; make; progress to; reach (reach a goal, e.g.,)

score (get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance)

finagle; manage; wangle (achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2attain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reach a point in time, or a certain state or level

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

attain; reach; hit

Context examples:

The thermometer hit 100 degrees / This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour

Hypernyms (to "attain" is one way to...):

arrive; come; get (reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "attain"):

max out (reach a maximum)

break even (attain a level at which there is neither gain nor loss, as in business, gambling, or a competitive sport)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3attain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Find unexpectedly

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

light upon; happen upon; fall upon; come upon; come across; chance upon; chance on; attain; discover; strike

Context examples:

the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb / she struck a goldmine / The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake

Hypernyms (to "attain" is one way to...):

find; regain (come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4attain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reach a destination, either real or abstract

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

arrive at; reach; attain; gain; hit; make

Context examples:

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

"Attain" entails doing...:

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "attain"):

ground; run aground (hit or reach the ground)

come through; get through (succeed in reaching a real or abstract destination after overcoming problems)

culminate (reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body)

find (succeed in reaching; arrive at)

make (reach in time)

top (reach or ascend the top of)

summit (reach the summit of a mountain)

top out (reach the highest point)

catch up (reach the point where one should be after a delay)

scale; surmount (reach the highest point of)

breast (reach the summit)

access; get at (reach or gain access to)

peak (to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity)

bottom out (reach the low point)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They attain the water


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