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English verb: attain

1. attain (social) to gain with effort

SamplesShe achieved her goal despite setbacks.

Synonymsaccomplish, achieve, reach

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win

Narrower (hyponym)average, begin, come to, compass, culminate, finagle, get to, make, manage, progress to, reach, score, strike, wangle

2. attain (motion) reach a point in time, or a certain state or level

SamplesThe thermometer hit 100 degrees.
This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour.

Synonymshit, reach

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arrive, come, get

Narrower (hyponym)break even, max out

3. attain (possession) find unexpectedly

SamplesThe archeologists chanced upon an old tomb.
She struck a goldmine.
The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake.

Synonymschance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, discover, fall upon, happen upon, light upon, strike

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)find, regain

4. attain (motion) reach a destination, either real or abstract

SamplesWe 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.

ExamplesThey attain the water

Synonymsarrive at, gain, hit, make, reach

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)access, bottom out, breast, catch up, come through, culminate, find, get at, get through, ground, make, peak, run aground, scale, summit, surmount, top, top out

Entailgo, locomote, move, travel

Verb groupmake

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