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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach by efforts; to gain; to compass; as, to attain rest.

2. (v. t.) To gain or obtain possession of; to acquire.

3. (v. t.) To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.

4. (v. t.) To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at.

5. (v. t.) To overtake.

6. (v. t.) To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.

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

8. (v. i.) To come or arrive, by an effort of mind.

9. (n.) Attainment.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

a-tan': The rendering of qanah = "buy," "get" (Proverbs 1:5); nasagh= "reach," "a meal-offering. according as he is able" (Ezekiel 46:7 margin), "not attained unto the days" (Genesis 47:9); yakhol or yakhowl ="be able," "overcome," "attain to innocency" (Hosea 8:5); bo' = "come," "follow" (2 Samuel 23:19, 23 1 Chronicles 11:21, 25); katantao="arrive at" (Acts 27:12 the King James Version; Philippians 3:11); katalambano ="take eagerly," "seize," "apprehend," "attained to righteousness" (Romans 9:30); phthano ="have arrived at" (Romans 9:31 the King James Version; Philippians 3:16); lambano -"take," "get a hold of," "catch," the Revised Version (British and American) "already obtained" (Philippians 3:12); parakoloutheo = "follow," "trace out," "conform to" (1 Timothy 4:6). Here the Revised Version (British and American) corrects the King James Version.

Frank E. Hirsch

2658. katantao -- to come down to, reach
... Word Origin from kata and antao (to come opposite, meet face to face) Definition
to come down to, reach NASB Word Usage arrived (4), attain (3), came (3), come ...
// - 7k

2013. epitugchano -- to light upon, ie to obtain
... light upon, ie to obtain. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: epitugchano Phonetic
Spelling: (ep-ee-toong-khan'-o) Short Definition: I attain, obtain, acquire ...
// - 7k

2425. hikanos -- sufficient, fit
... much. 2425 (an adjective, derived from the root, , "arrive, come to") --
"properly, reach to (attain); hence, " (J. Thayer). Word ...
// - 8k

5348. phthano -- to come before (another), anticipate, arrive
... anticipate, attain, come. Apparently a primary verb; to be beforehand,
ie Anticipate or precede; by extension, to have arrived at ...
// - 7k

5177. tugchano -- to hit, hit upon, meet, happen
... root tuch- Definition to hit, hit upon, meet, happen NASB Word Usage attain (1),
attained (1), extraordinary (2), obtain (2), obtained (2), perhaps (3 ...
// - 8k

2638. katalambano -- to lay hold of, seize
... apprehend, attain, overtake. ... (literally or figuratively) -- apprehend, attain, come
upon, comprehend, find, obtain, perceive, (over-)take. see GREEK kata. ...
// - 8k

3877. parakoloutheo -- to follow closely, to investigate
... From para and akoloutheo; to follow near, ie (figuratively) attend (as a result),
trace out, conform to -- attain, follow, fully know, have understanding. ...
// - 7k

5143. trecho -- to run
... 5143 () was used of "runners in a race, of swiftness or of effort to attain
an end (so Herodotus, Eur., etc.)" (). Word Origin a prim. ...
// - 8k

2901. krataioo -- to strengthen
... See 2904 (). For the believer, 2901 ("attain mastery, the upper-hand")
operates by the Lord inworking faith (His , 4102 ). Word ...
// - 7k

3152. mataios -- vain, useless
... ineffectual ("groundless"). 3152 ("aimless") emphasizes the " or failure to attain
any true purpose" (Moulton and Milligan). 3152 () refers ...
// - 7k

Strong's Hebrew
8551. tamak -- to grasp, support, attain
... 8550, 8551. tamak. 8552 . to grasp, support, attain. Transliteration: tamak
Phonetic Spelling: (taw-mak') Short Definition: uphold. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/8551.htm - 6k

4672. matsa -- to attain to, find
... 4671b, 4672. matsa. 4673 . to attain to, find. Transliteration: matsa Phonetic
Spelling: (maw-tsaw') Short Definition: found. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/4672.htm - 6k

5239. nalah -- perhaps to obtain, attain
... 5238, 5239. nalah. 5240 . perhaps to obtain, attain. Transliteration: nalah
Phonetic Spelling: (naw-law') Short Definition: cease. Word Origin probably a prim ...
/hebrew/5239.htm - 5k

4291. meta -- to reach, attain
... meta or metah. 4292 . to reach, attain. Transliteration: meta or metah Phonetic
Spelling: (met-aw') Short Definition: reached. Word Origin (Aramaic) appar. ...
/hebrew/4291.htm - 6k

935. bo -- to come in, come, go in, go
... 1), advanced (8), alight (1), apply (1), approach (1), arrival (1), arrive (3),
arrived (11), arrives (1), associate (4), attacks (1), attain (4), befalls (1 ...
/hebrew/935.htm - 8k

7069. qanah -- to get, acquire
... attain, buyer, teach to keep cattle, get, provoke to jealousy, possessor, purchase.
A primitive root; to erect, ie Create; by extension ...
/hebrew/7069.htm - 6k

5381. nasag -- to reach, overtake
... ability, be able, attain unto, be able to, can get, lay at, put, reach,. A
primitive root; to reach (literally or figuratively) -- ability ...
/hebrew/5381.htm - 6k

3201. yakol -- to be able, have power
... be able, any at all ways, attain, can away with, not, could, endure, might,.
Or (fuller) yakowl {yaw-kole'}; a primitive root; to ...
/hebrew/3201.htm - 6k

6213a. asah -- do, make
... acquired (6), act (22), acted (12), acts (7), administer (1), administered (1),
administered* (1), apply (1), appointed (3), artificial (1), attain (1), bear (4 ...
/hebrew/6213a.htm - 8k


Whether Man Can Attain Happiness by his Natural Powers?
happiness by his natural powers? Objection 1: It would seem ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether man can attain happiness.htm

How to Attain. July 21.
... How to attain. July 21. If our plans are not for time but for eternity,
our knowledge, and therefore our love to God, to each other ...
// thoughts /how to attain july 21.htm

Of the Way to Attain Divine Union
... CHAPTER XXIV Of the way to attain Divine Union. Of the way to attain Divine
Union It is impossible to attain Divine Union solely ...
/.../guyon/a short and easy method of prayer/chapter xxiv of the way.htm

Whether the Human Intellect Can Attain to the vision of God in his ...
... FP, Q ] Whether the human intellect can attain to the vision of God in His essence? ...
But the senses can nowise attain to the sight of a spiritual creature. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether the human intellect can.htm

But, that we Might Attain an Ampler and More Authoritative ...
... Chapter XVIII. But, that we might attain an ampler and more authoritative
knowledge at once of Himself? But, that we might attain ...
// xviii but that we.htm

The Fifty-First Chapter: when we Cannot Attain to the Highest, we ...
... BOOK THREE. INTERNAL CONSOLATION The Fifty-First Chapter: When We Cannot Attain
to the Highest, We Must Practice the Humble Works. The Voice of Christ ...
/.../kempis/the imitation of christ/the fifty-first chapter when we.htm

A Question How we Can Attain to Forgetfulness of the Cares of this ...
... The Conferences of John Cassian. Chapter XII. A question how we can attain
to forgetfulness of the cares of this world. Upon this ...
/.../cassian/the conferences of john cassian/chapter xii a question how.htm

How we Can Attain Perfection in Each of These Sorts of ...
... II. Second Conference of Abbot Moses. Chapter VII. How we can attain perfection
in each of these sorts of renunciations. Wherefore ...
/.../cassian/the works of john cassian /chapter vii how we can.htm

Why Men do not Attain Quickly to the Perfect Love of God. Of Four ...
... Chapter XI. Why Men Do Not Attain Quickly to the Perfect Love of God. Of
Four Degrees of Prayer. Of the First Degree. The Doctrine ...
/.../teresa/the life of st teresa of jesus/chapter xi why men do.htm

That it is Impossible to Attain to the Father but by his Son Jesus ...
... Third Book. 24. That it is impossible to attain to the Father but by His
Son Jesus Christ. In the Gospel according to John: "I am ...
/.../three books of testimonies against the jews/24 that it is impossible.htm

Attain (30 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (vt) To achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach
by efforts; to gain; to compass; as, to attain rest. ...ATTAIN. ...
/a/attain.htm - 17k

Included (17 Occurrences)
... (WEB). 2 Samuel 23:19 Wasn't he most honorable of the three? therefore he was made
their captain: however he didn't attain to the first three. (See NIV). ...
/i/included.htm - 11k

Renowned (15 Occurrences)
... (See RSV). 2 Samuel 23:19 Wasn't he most honorable of the three? therefore he was
made their captain: however he didn't attain to the first three. (See RSV). ...
/r/renowned.htm - 10k

Reach (63 Occurrences)
... 5. (vt) To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; to extend some part of
the body, or something held by one, so as to touch, strike, grasp, or the like ...
/r/reach.htm - 27k

Honorable (42 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 23:19 Wasn't he most honorable of the three? therefore he was made their
captain: however he didn't attain to the first three. (WEB KJV ASV WBS). ...
/h/honorable.htm - 22k

Attaining (3 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Attain. Multi-Version
Concordance Attaining (3 Occurrences). Ephesians 4:13 until ...
/a/attaining.htm - 7k

Rise (417 Occurrences)
... in the air. 4. (v.) To grow upward; to attain a certain height; as, this
elm rises to the height of seventy feet. 5. (v.) To reach ...
/r/rise.htm - 39k

Bodyguard (23 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 23:23 He was more honorable than the thirty, but he didn't attain to
the first three. David set him over his guard. (See RSV NIV). ...
/b/bodyguard.htm - 14k

Catch (46 Occurrences)
... 7. (vt) To engage and attach; to please; to charm. 8. (vt) To get possession of;
to attain. 9. (vt) To take or receive; esp. ... 12. (vi) To attain possession. 13. ...
/c/catch.htm - 22k

Hit (11 Occurrences)
... 5. (vt) To reach or attain exactly; to meet according to the occasion; to perform
successfully; to attain to; to accord with; to be conformable to; to suit. ...
/h/hit.htm - 11k

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Attain (30 Occurrences)

Luke 20:35
But those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage.

Acts 26:7
which our twelve tribes, earnestly serving night and day, hope to attain. Concerning this hope I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa!

Acts 27:12
And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.

Romans 9:30
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, who didn't follow after righteousness, attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith;

1 Corinthians 2:14
The unspiritual man rejects the things of the Spirit of God, and cannot attain to the knowledge of them, because they are spiritually judged.

1 Corinthians 9:24
Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain.

Galatians 3:3
Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now completed in the flesh?
(See NIV)

Ephesians 3:19
yes, to attain to a knowledge of the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, so that you may be made complete in accordance with God's own standard of completeness.

Ephesians 4:13
until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

Philippians 3:11
if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Colossians 2:2
in order that their hearts may be cheered, they themselves being welded together in love and enjoying all the advantages of a reasonable certainty, till at last they attain the full knowledge of God's truth, which is Christ Himself.

Hebrews 11:40
for God had provided for them and us something better, so that apart from us they were not to attain to full blessedness.

James 4:2
ye desire, and ye have not; ye murder, and are zealous, and are not able to attain; ye fight and war, and ye have not, because of your not asking;

Genesis 47:9
Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred thirty years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage."

Leviticus 5:11
But if his hand cannot attain to two turtle-doves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin-offering: he shall put no oil on it, neither shall he put frankincense thereon; for it is a sin-offering.

2 Samuel 23:19
Wasn't he most honorable of the three? therefore he was made their captain: however he didn't attain to the first three.

2 Samuel 23:23
He was more honorable than the thirty, but he didn't attain to the first three. David set him over his guard.

1 Chronicles 11:21
Of the three, he was more honorable than the two, and was made their captain: however he didn't attain to the first three.

1 Chronicles 11:25
Behold, he was more honorable than the thirty, but he didn't attain to the first three: and David set him over his guard.

Job 5:12
He frustrates the devices of the crafty, So that their hands can't perform their enterprise.
(See NAS)

Job 11:7
Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
(See JPS)

Psalms 139:6
This knowledge is beyond me. It's lofty. I can't attain it.

Proverbs 1:5
that the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; that the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel:

Proverbs 2:19
None who go to her return again, neither do they attain to the paths of life:

Proverbs 11:16
A woman who is full of grace is honoured, but a woman hating righteousness is a seat of shame: those hating work will undergo loss, but the strong keep their wealth.
(See NAS)

Proverbs 11:19
He that is stedfast in righteousness 'shall attain' unto life; And he that pursueth evil 'doeth it' to his own death.

Proverbs 29:23
A man's pride shall bring him low; But he that is of a lowly spirit shall obtain honor.
(See JPS)

Isaiah 51:11
And the ransomed of Jehovah turn back, And they have come to Zion with singing, And joy age-during 'is' on their head, Gladness and joy they attain, Fled away have sorrow and sighing,

Ezekiel 46:7
And he shall prepare a meat offering, an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and for the lambs according as his hand shall attain unto, and an hin of oil to an ephah.

Hosea 8:5
Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency?



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