Definition of attain
- he attained preferment over his fellows
- They attained the top of the hill.
- attain a ripe old age
- will probably attain to a height of six feet
a quest to attain enlightenment
She refused to let the injury keep her from attaining her goal of being in the Olympics.
This kind of tree can attain a height of 20 feet within just a few years.
The car can attain a top speed of 200 mph.
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: to accomplish or achieve (something) : to succeed in getting or doing (something)
: to grow or increase to (a particular amount, size, etc.)
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subject to rapid or unexpected change
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