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[uh-teyn-muh nt] /əˈteɪn mənt/
an act of attaining.
something attained; a personal acquirement; achievement.
Origin of attainment
First recorded in 1350-1400, attainment is from the Middle English word attenement. See attain, -ment
Related forms
nonattainment, noun, adjective
reattainment, noun
2. accomplishment. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In its zeal for the attainment of its end, it is not delicate in the choice of means.

  • But with the attainment of High School and Mr. Hilton the world changed.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • The desire not to be is the breaking of the great wheel of birth and re-birth, and the attainment of Nirvana.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • It is subject to approved methods of attainment and realization.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • In every department of learning, a man, in order to attainment, must make up his mind to it.

    Sermons Clement Bailhache
  • But there is hardly a power or an attainment of any kind which a minister cannot use in his work.

  • And he was an intelligent young man at that, and a sculptor of attainment, too.

    The Moonlit Way Robert W. Chambers
  • Death is necessary to the attainment of the fulness of life.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • The single object kept in view by the committee was the attainment of the proposed end in the speediest manner possible.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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