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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To gain as an objective; achieve.
  • intransitive verb To come to or arrive at, as through movement, growth, or the passage of time.
  • intransitive verb To succeed in a directed effort, process, or progression.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something attained. Glanville.
  • To touch; strike; hit.
  • To touch upon; mention.
  • To convict; condemn. Compare attaint, v., 3-5.
  • To come so near as to touch; reach, achieve, or accomplish (an end or object) by continued effort; come into possession of; acquire; gain.
  • To come to or arrive at (a place); reach (a place, time, or state).
  • To reach in excellence or degree; equal.
  • To overtake; come up with: as, “not attaining him in time,” Bacon.
  • To come to know; experience.
  • To reach; come or arrive by motion, bodily or mental exertion, or efforts of any kind: followed by to or unto.
  • To pertain; have relation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Attainment.
  • intransitive verb To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach.
  • intransitive verb To come or arrive, by an effort of mind.
  • transitive verb To achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach by efforts; to gain; to compass.
  • transitive verb Obs. with a material object. To gain or obtain possession of; to acquire.
  • transitive verb obsolete To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.
  • transitive verb To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at.
  • transitive verb obsolete To overtake.
  • transitive verb To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To accomplish; to achieve.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb reach a destination, either real or abstract
  • verb reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
  • verb find unexpectedly
  • verb to gain with effort

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English atteinen, from Old French ataindre, ataign-, to reach to, from Vulgar Latin *attangere, from Latin attingere : ad-, ad- + tangere, to touch; see tag- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman ataindre, from Old French, from Latin attingō.

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