1. To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach. "If by any means they might attain to Phenice." (Acts xxvii. 12) "Nor nearer might the dogs attain." (Sir W. Scott) "To see your trees attain to the dignity of timber." (Cowper) "Few boroughs had as yet attained to power such as this." (J. R. Green)

2. To come or arrive, by an effort of mind. "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I can not attain unto it." (Ps. Cxxxix. 6)

(01 Mar 1998)

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