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Attain vs. Earn — What's the Difference?

Attain vs. Earn — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Attain and Earn

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Attain

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

Obtain (money) in return for labour or services
I earn £10 an hour working in the shop
He earns his living as a lorry driver
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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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Earn

To gain especially for the performance of service, labor, or work
Earned money by mowing lawns.
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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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Earn

To acquire or deserve as a result of effort or action
She earned a reputation as a hard worker.
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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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Earn

To yield as return or profit
A savings account that earns interest on deposited funds.
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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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Earn

(transitive) To gain (success, reward, recognition) through applied effort or work.
You can have the s'mores: you earned them, clearing the walkway of snow so well.
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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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Earn

(transitive) To receive payment for work.
He earns seven million dollars a year as CEO.
My bank account is only earning one percent interest.
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Attain

To get at the knowledge of.
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Earn

(intransitive) To receive payment for work.
Now that you are earning, you can start paying me rent.
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Attain

To reach in excellence or degree.
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Earn

(transitive) To cause (someone) to receive payment or reward.
My CD earns me six percent!
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Attain

To reach a person after being behind them.
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Earn

(transitive) To achieve by being worthy of.
To earn a spot in the top 20
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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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Earn

To curdle (milk), especially in the cheesemaking process.
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Attain

To gain or obtain possession of; to acquire.
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Earn

Of milk: to curdle, espcially in the cheesemaking process.
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Attain

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

To strongly long or yearn (for something or to do something).
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Attain

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

To grieve.
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Attain

To overtake.
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Earn

To merit or deserve, as by labor or service; to do that which entitles one to (a reward, whether the reward is received or not).
The high reputeWhich he through hazard huge must earn.
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Attain

To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.
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Earn

To acquire by labor, service, or performance; to deserve and receive as compensation or wages; as, to earn a good living; to earn honors or laurels.
I earn that [what] I eat.
The bread I have earned by the hazard of my life or the sweat of my brow.
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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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Earn

To grieve.
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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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Earn

To long; to yearn.
And ever as he rode, his heart did earnTo prove his puissance in battle brave.
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Attain

Attainment.
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Earn

To curdle, as milk.
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Attain

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

Earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages;
How much do you make a month in your new job?
She earns a lot in her new job
This merger brought in lots of money
He clears $5,000 each month
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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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Earn

Acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
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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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