Etymology
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attain (v.)

c. 1300, "succeed in reaching, come so near as to touch," from ataign-, stem of Old French ataindre "to come up to, reach, attain, endeavor, strive" (11c., Modern French atteindre), from Vulgar Latin *attangere, corresponding to Latin attingere "to touch; arrive at," from ad "to" (see ad-) + tangere "to touch," from PIE root *tag- "to touch, handle." Latin attingere had a wide range of meanings, including "to attack, to strike, to appropriate, to manage," all somehow suggested by the literal sense "to touch." Related: Attained; attaining.

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Definitions of attain

attain (v.)
to gain with effort;
Synonyms: achieve / accomplish / reach
attain (v.)
reach a point in time, or a certain state or level;
Synonyms: reach / hit
attain (v.)
find unexpectedly;
Synonyms: fall upon / strike / come upon / light upon / chance upon / come across / chance on / happen upon / discover
attain (v.)
reach a destination, either real or abstract;
Synonyms: reach / make / hit / arrive at / gain
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