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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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