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attain
used in David Copperfield

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Definition to gain or reach something with effort
  • It is my intention, my dear Copperfield, to educate my son for the Church; I will not deny that I should be happy, on his account, to attain to eminence.'
    Chapters 34-36 (95% in)
  • As to Mrs. Gummidge, he roused that victim of despondency with a success never attained by anyone else (so Mr. Peggotty informed me), since the decease of the old one.
    Chapters 19-21 (97% in)
  • He mentioned a terrace at the western end of Oxford Street, fronting Hyde Park, on which he had always had his eye, but which he did not expect to attain immediately, as it would require a large establishment.
    Chapters 28-30 (36% in)
  • Traddles now informed me, as the result of his inquiries, that the mere mechanical acquisition necessary, except in rare cases, for thorough excellence in it, that is to say, a perfect and entire command of the mystery of short-hand writing and reading, was about equal in difficulty to the mastery of six languages; and that it might perhaps be attained, by dint of perseverance, in the course of a few years.
    Chapters 34-36 (80% in)
  • Whatever station in society I may attain, through the medium of the learned profession of which I am about to become an unworthy member, I shall endeavour not to disgrace, and Mrs. Micawber will be safe to adorn.
    Chapters 34-36 (97% in)
  • I have attained the dignity of twenty-one.
    Chapters 43-45 (1% in)
  • 'Consigned to which, and to a speedy end (for mental torture is not supportable beyond a certain point, and that point I feel I have attained), my course is run.
    Chapters 52-54 (99% in)
  • At length, my restlessness attained to such a pitch, that I hurried on my clothes, and went downstairs.
    Chapters 55-57 (25% in)
  • I could sing to him, and talk to him, and show the ardour that I felt in all he did, and attain with labour to such knowledge as most interested him; and I attracted him.
    Chapters 55-57 (57% in)
  • However vigorous the sapling,' said Mrs. Micawber, shaking her head, 'I cannot forget the parent-tree; and when our race attains to eminence and fortune, I own I should wish that fortune to flow into the coffers of Britannia.'
    Chapters 55-57 (83% in)

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