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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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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For other activities, like computer science, being a military pilot and in educational attainment, the impact of practice is tiny. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Practice Will Make You Better, But Maybe Not the Best," 23 Aug. 2019 That hints at how underlying problems of poverty and poor educational attainment continue to hold back Detroit. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit can't cherry-pick statistics, ignore inconvenient facts," 21 Aug. 2019 In fact, Black women’s general rates of increase in attainment within undergraduate and graduate education since the 1970s exceed those of women in all other racial group categories in the United States. Steven Underwood, Essence, "Opinion: Is Black Excellence Killing Us?," 21 Aug. 2019 There is a price to pay for that kind of selectivity: Finland ranks in the bottom third of developed countries for college-degree attainment. Jason Delisle, National Review, "What European Countries Sacrifice for Free College," 15 Aug. 2019 Employment rates climb steadily with educational attainment. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Minority Women Are Winning the Jobs Race in a Record Economic Expansion," 1 July 2019 Of course the money is welcome but so much more could have been done with £150 million, for the benefit of young people, in communities with low attainment and high levels of knife crime and violence. NBC News, "Why this hedge fund billionaire chose Oxford for record $188 million gift," 21 June 2019 Even after accounting for other powerful influences on body size and fat mass — including educational attainment, gender and age — a habit of exercise was powerfully protective. Los Angeles Times, "These six things can stave off weight gain, even if your genes boost your risk of obesity," 1 Aug. 2019 Racial disparities in higher education attainment persist in San Antonio. Joshua Fechter,, "Report: Poverty in San Antonio disproportionately hits Hispanic, black residents," 30 July 2019

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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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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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