Definition of attainment in US English:



  • 1The action or fact of achieving a goal toward which one has worked.

    ‘the attainment of a complete collection is the measure of a collector’s success’
    • ‘It is also the surest path toward its attainment.’
    • ‘Information on academic attainment in every single Scottish primary school is gathered by local authorities each year, but it is kept secret.’
    • ‘As one undertakes the various tasks involved in goal attainment, it is normal to experience failure as well as success.’
    • ‘Your determination, selflessness and courage have brought that freedom struggle forward towards its attainment.’
    • ‘While striving towards paradise has energy and direction, attainment of the goal has none.’
    • ‘Therefore patience, compassion, and love are the keys toward our attainment of enlightenment.’
    • ‘And she believes the impact on attainment could be impressive.’
    • ‘The inspectors acknowledged that the high number of children in the school with special needs has had an impact on our overall standards of attainment.’
    • ‘Never before had he come across a woman that was so similar to himself, so conniving, and ruthless in the attainment of her goals.’
    • ‘There was a strong link between attendance and attainment in the schools in the survey.’
    • ‘We may drop everything and set out on a crash course that we think will lead to rapid attainment of the goal.’
    • ‘Then the college would have a way to assess the attainment of those goals.’
    • ‘Such advertisements linked everyday acts of consumption to the attainment of historic goals.’
    • ‘So people's goal attainment is being thwarted and they lash our verbally or physically.’
    • ‘The attainment of that goal has been slow and painstaking.’
    • ‘The basic purpose of exams is to measure attainment.’
    • ‘The independent sector has a strong tradition of academic attainment and good exam results.’
    • ‘Its aim is to set professional standards, measure their attainment and promote ethical behaviour throughout the industry.’
    • ‘Taxable household income was strongly related to educational attainment.’
    • ‘Wherever I have been, I have worked for the attainment of that noble goal and the records are there to show it.’
    • ‘We would look at doing anything we can do to improve attendance and attainment.’
    1. 1.1often attainments A thing achieved, especially a skill or educational achievement.
      ‘scholarly attainments’
      • ‘The targets are being set based on the pupils' previous attainments at primary school and a national database of pupil achievements.’
      • ‘Individuals with such educational attainments are likely to have outstanding career opportunities and to have considerable talent to offer employers.’
      • ‘One of the most eminent pianists of his generation as well as a scholar of considerable attainments, Paul Badura Skoda's recordings date back to the 1950s.’
      • ‘When Brodsky was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1987, the Swedish Academy cited among other attainments his ‘quite amazing mastery of the English idiom’.’
      • ‘By contrast, in other societies both sexes are, in principle, treated equally in terms of educational opportunities and attainments.’
      • ‘And in spite of their consistently high educational attainments, professionals of Indian descent in the U.K. find it hard to break into the upper ranks, where they are severely underrepresented.’
      • ‘Hills often symbolise the climb to high attainments and a wider view of life.’
      • ‘Men with qualifications got half of the questions on the links between diet and disease wrong, while men without educational attainments answered two-thirds incorrectly.’
      • ‘They can also represent unconscious urges that hold us back from higher attainments.’
      • ‘They are a method of rationally planning and detailing the attainments of individuals and, ultimately, the whole workforce.’
      • ‘Researchers have found substantial social problems associated with single parenting: higher crime rates, drug abuse, lower educational attainments, chronic poverty.’
      • ‘The country and the citizen will give credit to the government for what are clearly creditable attainments.’
      • ‘Even granting the dominance of Manchester United, England's attainments in European club competitions this year speak of a domestic environment more demanding than most.’
      • ‘As color is the most outward manifestation of race, it has been made the criterion by which people are judged irrespective of their social or educational attainments.’
      • ‘A good education should combine breadth of social experience and the formal attainments which still determine access to higher education.’
      • ‘The more the individual attains the items on the objective list over the course of her life, the better her life goes, whatever her subjective opinions and attitudes about such attainments might be.’
      • ‘Because of the striving for uniformity of attainments, there was little financial incentive to encourage clever children to realise their full capabilities.’
      • ‘Educational attainments are also deeply affected by poverty, with poor students more likely to be excluded from school and less likely to go on to university.’
      • ‘The power of this procedural mode has been dramatically demonstrated by man's vast attainments in the fields of science and technology which are based on the scientific method.’
      • ‘The positive attainments of that era laid the groundwork for a much more complex, educated, and sophisticated society that, a generation after Stalin's death, made demands on the system beyond its capacity.’
      • ‘Despite many advances, and in contrast to very striking attainments in law, medicine and business, women have not achieved the same degree of success in science.’
      • ‘But Marek Kohn's book is written in the belief that the upbringing of scientists and their attainments in science are crucially intertwined.’
      achievement, accomplishment, realization, realizing, fulfilment, fulfilling, effecting, completion, consummation
      proficiency, competence, mastery, accomplishment, achievement, qualification
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