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Definition of attain verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they attain
    he / she / it attains
    past simple attained
    -ing form attaining
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  1. 1attain something to succeed in getting something, usually after a lot of effort Most of our students attained five B's or higher on their exams.
  2. 2attain something (formal) to reach a particular age, level, or condition The cheetah can attain speeds of up to 60 mph.
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