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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of attain.


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  • You know that however good a plan may be, very often a large percentage of. the success which it attains is due to the tact with which it is managed.

    Present Conditions and Future Prospects in India

  • “becoming” or relation of the terms attains its own independent ontological status.

    Gilles Deleuze

  • And a man becomes Intellectual-Principle when, ignoring all other phases of his being, he sees through that only and sees only that and so knows himself by means of the self — in other words attains the self-knowledge which the

    The Six Enneads.

  • The highest point to which materialism attains, that is the materialism which comprehends sensation, not as a practical fact, is the point of view of the single individual in bourgeois society.

    Feuerbach: The roots of the socialist philosophy

  • Barack Obama's name attains a high Cal Day profile this year, popping up here at a historians 'panel on the president's election and its place in American history, and there at a panel of political scientists discussing the way YouTube, blogs, texting, and other new media, used to dramatic success by the Obama campaign, are changing politics.


  • The Hindu worships the cow, the Muslim attains paradise by eating beef.


  • These unlikely allies manage to accomplish their goal, and after the death of the second Overmind, the Queen of Blades attains control over all zerg in the Koprulu sector.

    Starcraft II: Devils’ Due

  • On the one hand, it seems unfair to single them out: listening to any kind of pop star bemoan the pressures of fame is no picnic, but there's something about the disparity between the level of success your average British rapper attains and the sheer volume of fuss they make about it that seems impossibly galling.

    Tinie Tempah: Disc-Overy

  • He is brought to an understanding of what he is, and what he is not, and, even in the extremity of his affliction, Job attains what these days we would probably call “acceptance.”

    On a scale of one to ten...

  • Debussy more nearly attains the idea-engendering and suggestive serenity — ­say of the time of Pythagoras — ­than any of his fore-runners — ­



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