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Attain vs. Acquire — What's the Difference?

Attain vs. Acquire — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Attain and Acquire

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Attain

To gain as an objective; achieve
Attain a diploma by hard work.
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Acquire

Acquire is a multi-player mergers and acquisitions themed board game. It is played with tiles representing hotels that are arranged on the board, play money and stock certificates.
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Attain

To come to or arrive at, as through movement, growth, or the passage of time
Redwoods can attain a height of 300 feet.
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Acquire

To gain possession of
Acquire 100 shares of stock.
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Attain

To succeed in a directed effort, process, or progression
Attained to high office.
Eventually attained to wisdom.
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Acquire

To get by one's own efforts
Acquire proficiency in math.
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Attain

(transitive) To gain (an object or desired result).
To attain such a high level of proficiency requires hours of practice each day.
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Acquire

To gain through experience; come by
Acquired a growing dislike of television sitcoms.
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Attain

(transitive) To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at (a place, time, state, etc.).
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Acquire

To locate (a target) with an aiming device or a tracking system, such as radar.
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Attain

(intransitive) To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.
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Acquire

(transitive) To get.
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Attain

To get at the knowledge of.
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Acquire

(transitive) To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own
He acquired a title.
All the riches he acquired were from hard work.
One should acquire as much knowledge as possible from reading.
To acquire a skill
To acquire decent habits and manners
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Attain

To reach in excellence or degree.
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Acquire

(medicine) To contract.
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Attain

To reach a person after being behind them.
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Acquire

(computing) To sample signals and convert them into digital values.
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Attain

To achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach by efforts; to gain; to compass; as, to attain rest.
Is he wise who hopes to attain the end without the means?
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Acquire

To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own; as, to acquire a title, riches, knowledge, skill, good or bad habits.
No virtue is acquired in an instant, but step by step.
Descent is the title whereby a man, on the death of his ancestor, acquires his estate, by right of representation, as his heir at law.
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Attain

To gain or obtain possession of; to acquire.
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Acquire

Come into the possession of something concrete or abstract;
She got a lot of paintings from her uncle
They acquired a new pet
Get your results the next day
Get permission to take a few days off from work
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Attain

To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.
Not well attaining his meaning.
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Acquire

Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect;
His voice took on a sad tone
The story took a new turn
He adopted an air of superiority
She assumed strange manners
The gods assume human or animal form in these fables
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Attain

To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at.
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Acquire

Come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes);
He grew a beard
The patient developed abdominal pains
I got funny spots all over my body
Well-developed breasts
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Attain

To overtake.
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Acquire

Locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
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Attain

To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.
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Acquire

Win something through one's efforts;
I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese
Gain an understanding of international finance
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Attain

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.
Nor nearer might the dogs attain.
To see your trees attain to the dignity of timber.
Few boroughs had as yet attained to power such as this.
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Acquire

Acquire or gain knowledge or skills;
She learned dancing from her sister
I learned Sanskrit
Children acquire language at an amazing rate
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Attain

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.
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Acquire

Gain through experience;
I acquired a strong aversion to television
Children must develop a sense of right and wrong
Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position
Develop a passion for painting
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Attain

Attainment.
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Attain

To gain with effort;
She achieved her goal despite setbacks
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Attain

Reach a point in time, or a certain state or level;
The thermometer hit 100 degrees
This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour
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Attain

Find unexpectedly;
The archeologists chanced upon an old tomb
She struck a goldmine
The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake
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Attain

Reach a destination, either real or abstract;
We hit Detroit by noon
The water reached the doorstep
We barely made it to the finish line
I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts
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