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English definition of “attain”


verb [T]     /əˈteɪn/
to achieve something, especially after a lot of work : She's attained a high level of fitness .Succeeding, achieving and fulfilling
attainable adjective possible to achieve Achievable attainment noun [C, U] the act of achieving somethingSuccess and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailures
(Definition of attain verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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