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at·tain / əˈtān/ • v. [tr.] succeed in achieving (something that one desires and has worked for): clarify your objectives and ways of attaining them he attained the rank of admiral. ∎  reach (a specified age, size, or amount): dolphins can attain remarkable speeds in water. DERIVATIVES: at·tain·a·bil·i·ty / əˌtānəˈbilitē/ n. at·tain·a·ble adj.

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attain †strike; reach (to). XIV. — OF. atain-, atein-, stem of ataindre, -eindre (mod. atteindre) :- L. attingere touch on, reach, f. AT- + tangere touch.
Hence attainment XIV.

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