at·​tain·​ment | \ə-ˈtān-mənt \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for attainment


accomplishment, achievement, acquirement, baby, coup, success, triumph



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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.

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In Georgia, the degree attainment percentages were nearly identical to the national averages, 32 percent for African-Americans and 21 percent for Latinos. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Georgia gets mixed grades for college grad rates of black, Latino students," 14 June 2018 Such high-poverty neighborhoods are often characterized by high crime rates, low educational attainment rates, and high unemployment. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit's poverty gets worse despite city's comeback," 26 Apr. 2018 But people’s perceptions of their economic situation varied by race and educational attainment. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Fed Survey: Americans See Brighter Economic Prospects, but Fragility Remains," 22 May 2018 Texas tied for first in exports per capita, but failed to make the top five in GDP growth, startup activity, employment, nonfarm payrolls, government surplus, educational attainment of immigrants, jobs in high tech and patents. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Texas has mediocre 'innovation potential,' ranking of state economies finds," 5 June 2018 Across the 25 largest communities in the state, as noted in a 2016 report by the state’s Vision Project, low rates of bachelor’s degree attainment go hand-in-hand with higher unemployment., "Should Massachusetts drop tuition and fees for in-state students at its public colleges and universities?," 22 June 2018 Wochit Most fourth-graders can't read well The state has faced struggles in educational attainment as well, lagging in key areas in the midst of shrinking resources for public schools. Megan Janetsky, azcentral, "1 in 4 Arizona children live in poverty, national KidsCount report shows," 28 June 2018 This gap in educational attainment leads many residents down a path of little prosperity – nearly 40 percent of people in Reading live in poverty, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Andrew Keiper, Fox News, "Pennsylvania man finds hope after years of addiction and despair," 24 June 2018 Ultimately, diversity of viewpoint — from women of all manner of economic circumstances, educational attainment, ethnic or racial heritages and political persuasions — may be most important, say experts. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "In Michigan and across U.S., more women running for Congress than ever," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of attainment

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for attainment

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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


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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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