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used in The Odyssey by Homer (translated by: Butcher & Lang)

3 uses
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to gain or reach something with effort
  • And he stood straining as one athirst, but he might not attain to the water to drink of it.
    Book 11 (91% in)
  • Beyond all the marks it flew, so lightly it sped from his hand, and Athene in the fashion of a man marked the place, and spake and hailed him: 'Yea, even a blind man, stranger, might discern that token if he groped for it, for it is in no wise lost among the throng of the others, but is far the first; for this bout then take heart: not one of the Phaeacians shall attain thereunto or overpass it.'
    Book 8 (35% in)
  • For never again shall I find a lord so gentle, how far soever I may go, not though again I attain unto the house of my father and my mother, where at first I was born, and they nourished me themselves and with their own hands they reared me.
    Book 14 (27% in)

There are no more uses of "attain" in The Odyssey by Homer (translated by: Butcher & Lang).

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