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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attainment mean? 

  The noun ATTAINMENT has 3 senses:

1. the act of achieving an aim
2. arrival at a new stage
3. an ability that has been acquired by training

  Familiarity information: ATTAINMENT used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1attainment [BACK TO TOP]


The act of achieving an aim

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the attainment of independence

Hypernyms ("attainment" is a kind of...):

accomplishment; achievement (the action of accomplishing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attainment"):

record (an extreme attainment; the best (or worst) performance ever attested (as in a sport))

success (an attainment that is successful)

course credit; credit (recognition by a college or university that a course of studies has been successfully completed; typically measured in semester hours)

accession; rise to power (the act of attaining or gaining access to a new office or right or position (especially the throne))

Sense 2attainment [BACK TO TOP]


Arrival at a new stage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

his attainment of puberty was delayed by malnutrition

Hypernyms ("attainment" is a kind of...):

arrival; reaching (accomplishment of an objective)

Sense 3attainment [BACK TO TOP]


An ability that has been acquired by training

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


acquirement; skill; accomplishment; attainment; acquisition

Hypernyms ("attainment" is a kind of...):

ability; power (possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attainment"):

oarsmanship (skill as an oarsman)

salesmanship (skill in selling; skill in persuading people to buy)

seamanship (skill in sailing)

showmanship (the ability to present something (especially theatrical shows) in an attractive manner)

soldiering; soldiership (skills that are required for the life of soldier)

numeracy (skill with numbers and mathematics)

mixology (skill in preparing mixed drinks)

mastership (the skill of a master)

marksmanship (skill in shooting)

literacy (the ability to read and write)

horsemanship (skill in handling and riding horses)

craft; craftsmanship; workmanship (skill in an occupation or trade)

swordsmanship (skill in fencing)

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