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Retain vs. Attain

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Retainverb

(transitive) To keep in possession or use.

Attainverb

(transitive) To accomplish; to achieve.

‘To attain such a high level of proficiency requires hours of practice each day.’;

Retainverb

(transitive) To keep in one's pay or service.

Attainverb

To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.

Retainverb

(transitive) To employ by paying a retainer.

Attainverb

(transitive) To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at.

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Retainverb

(transitive) To hold secure.

Attainverb

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

Retainverb

(obsolete) To restrain; to prevent.

Attainverb

To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.

Retainverb

(obsolete) To belong; to pertain.

Attainverb

(obsolete) To overtake.

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Retainverb

To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to restrain from departure, escape, or the like.

‘Be obedient, and retainUnalterably firm his love entire.’; ‘An executor may retain a debt due to him from the testator.’;

Attainverb

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?’;

Retainverb

To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor.

‘A Benedictine convent has now retained the most learned father of their order to write in its defense.’;

Attainverb

To gain or obtain possession of; to acquire.

Retainverb

To restrain; to prevent.

Attainverb

To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.

‘Not well attaining his meaning.’;

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Retainverb

To belong; to pertain.

‘A somewhat languid relish, retaining to bitterness.’;

Attainverb

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

Retainverb

To keep; to continue; to remain.

Attainverb

To overtake.

Retainverb

hold within;

‘This soil retains water’; ‘I retain this drug for a long time’;

Attainverb

To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.

Retainverb

allow to remain in a place or position;

‘We cannot continue several servants any longer’; ‘She retains a lawyer’; ‘The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff’; ‘Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on’; ‘We kept the work going as long as we could’;

Attainverb

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.’;

Retainverb

secure and keep for possible future use or application;

‘The landlord retained the security deposit’; ‘I reserve the right to disagree’;

Attainverb

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.’;

Retainverb

keep in one's mind;

‘I cannot retain so much information’;

Attainnoun

Attainment.

Attainverb

to gain with effort;

‘she achieved her goal despite setbacks’;

Attainverb

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’;

Attainverb

find unexpectedly;

‘the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb’; ‘she struck a goldmine’; ‘The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake’;

Attainverb

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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