attainment

noun

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

Example Sentences

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 The move was praised Thursday by local and state leaders as an important step toward improving educational attainment rates. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Oct. 2022 Between 2010 and 2021, educational attainment rates among 25- to 29-year-olds increased. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Black Americans, historically excluded from the nation’s education system and many collegiate institutions, have long had educational attainment rates that fall below the United States overall, and white Americans in particular. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Mar. 2021 The Latino/Chicano community is the fastest-growing in San Diego County, but also has the lowest rates of attainment in higher education, said Dr. Sunny Cooke in a statement. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2022 Frankfurter wrote the opinion for the court upholding the salute mandate as a reasonable means for the attainment of national unity and security in wartime. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2022 Data shows that annual annual income depends heavily on an individual’s educational attainment, race, ethnicity, gender, and even location. al, 6 July 2022 Tens of thousands of 3- and 4-year-olds were barred from Head Start, perpetuating the cycle of poverty and poor educational attainment faced by their families. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2022 At the doctorate degree level, the gap between Utah women’s educational attainment and the rest of the country was slightly better at 4%. Sofia Jeremias, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see attain

First Known Use

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of attainment was in 1543

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“Attainment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attainment. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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attainment

noun

at·​tain·​ment ə-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce attainment (audio)
1
: the act of attaining : the state of being attained
2
: something attained : accomplishment

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