attain

01. It will be difficult to [attain] your goal of fluency if you don't make an effort to speak more in class.
02. The world's largest snakes can [attain] a length of more than 9 yards.
03. The car [attains] its top speed of 180 kmh within seconds.
04. The Buddha [attained] enlightenment through meditation.
05. The winning car in the race [attained] speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour.
06. Olive trees can [attain] a great age, and some in the eastern Mediterranean are believed to be over 2,000 years old.
07. Dr. Smiley Branton once noted that we [attain] the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.
08. Francois de La Rochefoucauld once said that to listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to [attain] in the art of conversation.
09. In every culture, there are general conceptions of the desirable goals which people should strive to [attain].
10. Studies show that the impact of social origin on educational [attainment] has declined over the past century.
11. Too many people spend their lives striving for the [attainment] of material wealth.
12. Philip Chesterfield once suggested that those who aim for perfection will come much nearer to it than those whose despondency and laziness make them give it up as [unattainable].
13. Wayne Dyer once stated that anything you really want you can [attain] if you really go after it.
14. Race car driver Mario Andretti once said that desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal, a commitment to excellence, that will enable you to [attain] the success you seek.
15. Dora Russell once observed that humanity will ever seek, but never [attain] perfection.
16. Cyril Connolly once said that if one is too lazy to think, too vain to do a thing badly, too cowardly to admit it, one will never [attain] wisdom.
17. Saint Bernard once said that it is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low, but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare [attainment].
18. Helen Keller once remarked that true happiness is not [attained] through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
19. Ralph Waldo Emerson once noted that peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be [attained] through understanding.
20. Pope John Paul II once noted that social justice cannot be [attained] by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.
21. Thomas Buxton once stated that with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are [attainable].
22. Global peace is at best an [unattainable] dream as long as a significant part of the world's population lives in poverty.
23. Japan's previously [unattainable] goal of playing in the World Cup now seems possible with this astonishing win over Brazil.

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attain — At*tain , v. i. 1. To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach. [1913 Webster] If by any means they might attain to Phenice. Acts xxvii. 12. [1913 Webster] Nor nearer might the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attain — c.1300, to succeed in reaching, from stem of O.Fr. ataindre (11c., Mod.Fr. atteindre) to come up to, reach, attain, endeavor, strive, from V.L. *adtangere, from L. attingere to touch, to arrive at, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + tangere to touch …   Etymology dictionary

  • Attain — At*tain , n. Attainment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attain — I verb accomplish, achieve, acquire, adsequi, arrive at, be successful, bring about, bring off successfully, bring to pass, carry through, come by, come to, complete, consequi, consummate, earn, effect, effectuate, finish, gain, gain one s end,… …   Law dictionary

  • attain — *reach, compass, gain, achieve Analogous words: *come, arrive: win, acquire, secure, obtain, *get: accomplish, effect (see PERFORM) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • attain — [v] achieve, accomplish accede to, acquire, arrive, arrive at, bring off, come through, complete, cop*, earn, effect, fulfill, gain, get*, get fat*, get hands on, get there, glom onto*, grasp, hit, latch onto, make it, obtain, procure, promote,… …   New thesaurus

  • attain — ► VERB 1) succeed in accomplishing. 2) reach (a specified age, size, or amount). DERIVATIVES attainable adjective. ORIGIN Latin attingere, from tangere to touch …   English terms dictionary

  • attain — [ə tān′] vt. [ME attainen < OFr ataindre < L attingere < ad , to + tangere, to touch: see TACT] 1. to gain through effort; accomplish; achieve 2. to reach or come to; arrive at [he attained the age of ninety] vi. to succeed in reaching… …   English World dictionary

  • attain — attainer, n. /euh tayn /, v.t. 1. to reach, achieve, or accomplish; gain; obtain: to attain one s goals. 2. to come to or arrive at, esp. after some labor or tedium; reach: to attain the age of 96; to attain the mountain peak. v.i. 3. to arrive… …   Universalium

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