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attain
used in Oliver Twist

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Definition
to gain or reach something with effort
  • 'But reflect whether sending them anywhere is likely to attain the object we have in view.'
    Chapter 41 — Containing Fresh Discoveries, and Showing that Surprises.... (74% in)
  • Thus, to do a great right, you may do a little wrong; and you may take any means which the end to be attained, will justify; the amount of the right, or the amount of the wrong, or indeed the distinction between the two, being left entirely to the philosopher concerned, to be settled and determined by his clear, comprehensive, and impartial view of his own particular case.
    Chapter 12 — In Which Oliver is Taken Better Care of than He Ever was.... (83% in)
  • He could think of no bad object to be attained by sending him to Sikes, which would not be equally well answered by his remaining with Fagin; and after meditating for a long time, concluded that he had been selected to perform some ordinary menial offices for the housebreaker, until another boy, better suited for his purpose could be engaged.
    Chapter 20 — Wherein Oliver is Delivered Over to Mr. William Sikes (20% in)
  • But perhaps she would recoil from a plot to take the life of Sikes, and that was one of the chief ends to be attained.
    Chapter 44 — The Time Arrives for Nancy to Redeem Her Pledge to Rose.... (93% in)
  • 'Then,' said the gentleman, quickly, as if this had been the point he had been aiming to attain; 'put Monks into my hands, and leave him to me to deal with.'
    Chapter 46 — The Appointment Kept (55% in)
  • I have said that they were truly happy; and without strong affection and humanity of heart, and gratitude to that Being whose code is Mercy, and whose great attribute is Benevolence to all things that breathe, happiness can never be attained.
    Chapter 53 — And Last (94% in)

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