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used in The Great Gatsby

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to gain or reach something with effort
  • It occurred to me that he had been very slowly bending toward her all evening to attain this proximity, and even while I watched I saw him stoop one ultimate degree and kiss at her cheek.
    p. 107.1
attain = gain or reach something with effort

(editor's note:  Proximity indicates that he is near her rather than in another room or across the room.)
  • Practice elocution, poise and how to attain it
    p. 173.4

There are no more uses of "attain" in The Great Gatsby.

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