Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of attaining or the condition of being attained.
  • noun Something, such as an accomplishment or achievement, that is attained.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of attaining; the act of arriving at or reaching; the act of obtaining by exertion or effort.
  • noun That which is attained, or obtained by exertion; acquisition; acquirement.
  • noun Synonyms Acquirements, Acquisitions, etc. See acquirement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of attaining; the act of arriving at or reaching; hence, the act of obtaining by efforts.
  • noun That which is attained to, or obtained by exertion; acquirement; acquisition; (pl.), mental acquirements; knowledge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of attaining; the act of arriving at or reaching; the act of obtaining by exertion or effort.
  • noun That which is attained, or obtained by exertion; acquisition; acquirement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an ability that has been acquired by training
  • noun arrival at a new stage
  • noun the act of achieving an aim

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Examples

  • You put those things together, and it seems like what the statute wants the EPA to do is set a NAAQS for GHGs near zero, require all areas to be in attainment for that level of emissions, which would then require a finding that all areas are out of attainment, which would require a suspension of any EPA permit that would increase emissions, and SIPs for states to achieve impossible levels.

    Matthew Yglesias » Regulate!

  • The end of all scholarly attainment is to live nobly.

    I, Pirate, Part IV …

  • In a special essay on Hispanics, the report notes that Hispanic immigrant adults 'degree attainment is 14 percent, compared with U. S.-born Hispanics at 25 percent.

    College Diversity: Colleges More Diverse, But Racial Gaps Persist

  • In a special essay on Hispanics, the report notes that Hispanic immigrant adults 'degree attainment is 14 percent, compared with U. S.-born Hispanics at 25 percent.

    College Diversity: Colleges More Diverse, But Racial Gaps Persist

  • While skill attainment is a valid goal, still anything that cannot go on forever will stop.

    Matthew Yglesias » Skill Stagnation

  • How a child is raised between 1-16 (education, parental support, etc …) plays a much bigger role in attainment and income than anything between 16-39. jmo says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Life, According to Patti Stanger

  • How do we “boost educational attainment at the bottom” when educational attainment is “depressingly” easy to predict by age 5?

    July « 2008 « Isegoria

  • How do we “boost educational attainment at the bottom” when educational attainment is “depressingly” easy to predict by age 5?

    The Biggest Issue « Isegoria

  • Once the certain level of attainment is reached the pupil can then decide to go on to vocational or academic training or go out to work.

    One Nation of Opportunity

  • To attempt to shorten the road between desire and attainment is nine times out of ten to go astray, and to miss the wished-for object altogether.

    Speech by George Canning

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