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 These efforts include establishing mentorship programs for female employees and tying executive and non-executive compensation to the attainment of target numbers or percentages of women in high-level leadership roles. Michele Frank, Fortune, 18 May 2022 But few moved to a higher-quality neighborhood, in terms of college attainment of neighbors, average income and other metrics that are a proxy for opportunities available to them or their children. Allison Schrager Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 About 85-90% of educational attainment was explained by the environment. Megan Molteni, STAT, 24 May 2022 Latinos with college experience were more likely than those with lower levels of educational attainment to say the same, researchers said. Nicole Chavez, CNN, 2 May 2022 Within Alabama, a handful of counties stand above the rest in terms of educational attainment. Ramsey Archibald |, al, 5 Apr. 2022 On educational attainment, adult earnings, use of social assistance programs, involvement in crime, etc. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 14 May 2022 The report relies on census data and national datasets on educational attainment. Globe Staff,, 11 May 2022 Experts warn that unremediated learning delays could eventually translate into lost wages and lower educational attainment. Koby Levin And Isabel Lohman, Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2022 See More

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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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“Attainment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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