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Middle English atteynen, from Anglo-French ateign-, stem of ateindre to reach, accomplish, convict, from Vulgar Latin attangere, alteration of Latin attingere, from ad- + tangere to touch

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transitive verb
  • 1 : to reach as an end : gain, achieve <attain a goal>
  • 2 : to come into possession of : obtain <he attained preferment over his fellows>
  • 3 : to come to as the end of a progression or course of movement <they attained the top of the hill> <attain a ripe old age>
intransitive verb

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