I have been struggling with understanding what the actual difference between the verbs "attain" and "achieve" is, even though they can be sometimes interchangeable. Could someone give me a detailed explanation as the ones I have found so far have been quite mixed up?


The definition of attain is: To reach or succeed in getting something.

Example: He has attained the highest grade in his music exams.

The definition of achieve is: To succeed in finishing something or reaching an aim, especially after a lot of work or effort

Example: The government's training policy, he claimed, was achieving its objectives.

You can take a look at these links to make it more clear.

A comparison between the verbs: "attain, "achieve", obtain", "acquire" and "gain" https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/attain?q=attained https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/achieve?q=achieved

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