at·​tain·​ment | \ ə-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce attainment (audio) \

Definition of attainment

1 : the act of attaining something : the condition of being attained She values educational attainment above all else.
2 : something attained : accomplishment His scientific attainments are well known.

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Examples of attainment in a Sentence

She values educational attainment above all else. Her scientific attainments have made her quite well-known in the field of biology.
Recent Examples on the Web Big differences in unemployment rates also can be attributed to educational attainment, said Robert Kaplan, CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Mitchell Schnurman, Dallas News, "Last month’s job losses were the first since spring, and women accounted for all of ’em," 13 Jan. 2021 Analysts estimated public economic benefits from the educational attainment of the GOAL students could be nearly $47 million. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Georgia tax credit scholarship program saves taxpayers more than $50M: Study," 10 Dec. 2020 With air, Alabama has been in attainment with all National Ambient Air Quality Standards since 2015. al, "Alabama’s environment is in good shape and getting better," 21 Jan. 2021 Researchers have found that racial segregation influences a broad spectrum of factors that determine a person’s life outcome, leading to higher poverty rates, lower educational attainment, and higher rates of incarceration. Yvette Cabrera, Wired, "What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health," 2 Jan. 2021 The Lexington-Fayette, Ky., metropolitan area, which flipped from red to blue and is home to the University of Kentucky, has the highest percentage of college graduates in the region, and is in the top fifth of metros for college attainment. New York Times, "The Places That Had the Biggest Swings Toward and Against Trump," 7 Dec. 2020 Compared to the Latino population nationally, those in Baltimore are more likely to be foreign-born and have low incomes, low educational attainment and limited English proficiency, said Page of Centro SOL. Stephanie García,, "‘We started weeping in April, and we haven’t stopped’: Baltimore’s Latino community racked by coronavirus," 24 Nov. 2020 This article has been updated after publication with an additional question and response about weighting according to educational attainment. Matt Delong, Star Tribune, "Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker on 'shy Trump voters,' polls and the 2020 election," 14 Nov. 2020 The larger university, too, was on a roll, recording tremendous growth and attainment in every aspect of its life: New this, new that, new aspirations, new renown. Michael Dumas, al, "South Alabama finally has a stadium to call its own," 6 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of attainment

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for attainment

see attain

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The first known use of attainment was in 1543

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24 Feb 2021

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“Attainment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of attainment

: the state or condition of having gotten or done something difficult : the act of attaining something
: something that has been gotten, done, or achieved through effort


at·​tain·​ment | \ ə-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce attainment (audio) \

Kids Definition of attainment

1 : the act of obtaining or doing something difficult : the state of having obtained or done something difficult attainment of a goal
2 : achievement sense 2 scientific attainments

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