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[uh-teyn-muh nt] /əˈteɪn mənt/
an act of attaining.
something attained; a personal acquirement; achievement.
Origin of attainment
1350-1400; Middle English attenement. See attain, -ment
Related forms
nonattainment, noun, adjective
reattainment, noun
2. accomplishment. Unabridged
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  • The exact gauge of a nation's literary attainment has not been determined.
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  • It has one of the widest gaps in attainment in reading between pupils from the wealthiest and poorest quartiles.
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  • Require a two-year degree for entry-level officers, but further educational attainment for promotion to sergeant and above.
  • Ubiquitous recognition of higher education attainment would allow far higher labor mobility.
  • And more costs attached to raising the attainment and aspiration of schoolchildren will now fall to universities.
British Dictionary definitions for attainment


an achievement or the act of achieving; accomplishment
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Word Origin and History for attainment

late 14c., "encroachment" (a sense now obsolete), from Old French ataignement (Modern French atteignement), from ataindre; see attain. Meaning "action of attaining" is from 1540s; sense of "that which is attained, personal accomplishment" dates from 1670s.

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