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Attaining Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Attain \At*tain"\ ([a^]t*t[=a]n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attained (-t[=a]nd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Attaining.] [Of. atteinen, atteignen, atainen, OF. ateindre, ataindre, F. atteindre, fr. L. attingere; ad + tangere to touch, reach. See Tangent, and cf. Attinge, Attaint.]
  1. To achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach by efforts; to gain; to compass; as, to attain rest. Is he wise who hopes to attain the end without the means? --Abp. Tillotson.
  2. To gain or obtain possession of; to acquire. [Obs. with a material object.] --Chaucer.
  3. To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain. [Obs.] Not well attaining his meaning. --Fuller.
  4. To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at. ``Canaan he now attains.'' --Milton.
  5. To overtake. [Obs.] --Bacon.
  6. To reach in excellence or degree; to equal. Syn: To Attain, Obtain, Procure. Usage: Attain always implies an effort toward an object. Hence it is not synonymous with obtain and procure, which do not necessarily imply such effort or motion. We procure or obtain a thing by purchase or loan, and we obtain by inheritance, but we do not attain it by such means.

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* Vigorous let us be in attaining our ends, and mild in our method of attainment. - Lord Newborough

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  • I-Day: Remembering India's Top 10 Women Freedom Fighters
    BANGALORE: For attaining India’s freedom, women have contributed to a great extent- be it holding of public meetings, or facing the baton of police and going behind the bars or participating in the national movement. They have dedicated their lives for attaining freedom. Read more on this news related to 'Attaining'
  • FuelCell Energy Reinforces Focus on Quality by Attaining ISO 9001:2008 Certification
    DANBURY, Conn. -- FuelCell Energy, Inc. , a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, announced that its Quality Management ... Read more on this news related to 'Attaining'
  • Pupils congratulated on record GCSE results
    Ulster Unionist education spokesperson Danny Kinahan has congratulated Northern Ireland’s pupils on attaining “record GCSE results”. Read more on this news related to 'Attaining'

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