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Use 'attain' when significant effort or dedication is needed to achieve something. SlideShe worked tirelessly to attain fluency in French.
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'Attain' often implies a positive outcome and is used for reaching goals that are generally seen as good. SlideHe attained a high level of respect among his peers.
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It usually refers to reaching tangible goals like a title or target, not just any result. SlideAfter decades, the nation attained its goal of reducing pollution.