Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ATTAINS

The 'colouring' is composed of eight pounds of moist sugar, boiled till it attains a middle state, between bitter and sweet.

Why, through all the employments of life, who ever attains to the like of this?

Sown in April or May, it attains a large growth before winter.

He will be a famous man-at-arms, when he attains his full age.

In some species it attains to a length of seven inches, and a width of more than two inches.

But this illusion has degrees, and with mystics it attains its maximum.

It attains a length of 30 feet, but is neither fierce nor voracious.

The Sugar Pine is the tallest of the genus and attains a height of 50 or 60 metres.

But in the ode To Autumn Keats attains to the serenity he has been seeking.

And the organism which attains to this, in the nature of things must live forever.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to succeed in reaching," from stem of Old French ataindre (11c., Modern French atteindre) "to come up to, reach, attain, endeavor, strive," from Vulgar Latin *adtangere, from Latin attingere "to touch, to arrive at," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Latin attingere had a wide range of meanings, including "to attack, to strike, to appropriate, to manage," all somehow suggested by the literal sense "to touch." Related: Attained; attaining.