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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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