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Definition 1: reach a point in time, or a certain state or level - [verb of motion]

Samples where attain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for attain in the sense of this definition

(attain is a kind of ...) reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

"She arrived home at 7 o'clock" "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight"

(... is a kind of attain ) reach a maximum

"I maxed out on all my credit cards"

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

Definition 2: reach a destination, either real or abstract - [verb of motion]

Samples where attain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for attain in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of attain ) hit or reach the ground

(... is a kind of attain ) succeed in reaching a real or abstract destination after overcoming problems

"We finally got through the bureaucracy and could talk to the Minister"

(... is a kind of attain ) reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body

(... is a kind of attain ) succeed in reaching; arrive at

"The arrow found its mark"

(attain has a similar meaning as ...) reach in time

"We barely made the plane"

(... is a kind of attain ) reach or ascend the top of

"The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"

(... is a kind of attain ) reach the summit (of a mountain)

"They breasted the mountain" "Many mountaineers go up Mt. Everest but not all summit"

(... is a kind of attain ) to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity

"That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929" "Bids for the painting topped out at $50 million"

(... is a kind of attain ) reach the low point

"Prices bottomed out and started to rise again after a while"

(... is a kind of attain ) reach or gain access to

"How does one access the attic in this house?" "I cannot get to the T.V. antenna, even if I climb on the roof"

(... is a kind of attain ) reach the highest point of

"We scaled the Mont Blanc"

(... is a kind of attain ) reach the point where one should be after a delay

"I caught up on my homework"

(attain implies ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

Definition 3: find unexpectedly - [verb of possession]

Samples where attain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for attain in the sense of this definition

(attain is a kind of ...) come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost

"Did you find your glasses?" "I cannot find my gloves!"

Samples where attain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she achieved her goal despite setbacks

Synonyms for attain in the sense of this definition

(attain is a kind of ...) attain success or reach a desired goal

"The enterprise succeeded" "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show" "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"

(... is a kind of attain ) get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance

"She scored high on the SAT" "He scored a 200"

(... is a kind of attain ) reach a goal

"make the first team" "We made it!" "She may not make the grade"

(... is a kind of attain ) achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative

"This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation" "You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war"

(... is a kind of attain ) attain

"The horse finally struck a pace"

(... is a kind of attain ) reach the highest or most decisive point

(... is a kind of attain ) bring about; accomplish

"This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"

(... is a kind of attain ) achieve or reach on average

"He averaged a C"

(... is a kind of attain ) achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

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