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attainment

The effort put into something and the pay-off when the work is over is called attainment. Attainment of your goal of learning to make the perfect omelet requires breaking a lot of eggs.

An attainment isn't just handed to you — you have to earn it through skill and hard work. In fact, in slang, attainment is used interchangeably with skill. You might say that the inventiveness and originality of a particular rapper is his attainment, just as his fame, fortune, and respect in the hip-hop community is also his attainment.

Definitions of attainment
  1. noun
    the act of achieving an aim
    “the attainment of independence”
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    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)
    track record
    the fastest time ever recorded for a specific distance at a particular racetrack
    world record
    the best record in the whole world
    winning
    succeeding with great difficulty
    bang, hit, smash, smasher, strike
    a conspicuous success
    bell ringer, bull's eye, home run, mark
    something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal
    conquest
    success in mastering something difficult
    coup
    a brilliant and notable success
    flying colors, flying colours
    complete success
    pass, passing, qualifying
    success in satisfying a test or requirement
    credit hour, semester hour
    a unit of academic credit; one hour a week for an academic semester
    overturn, upset
    an improbable and unexpected victory
    conquest, seduction
    an act of winning the love or sexual favor of someone
    score
    the act of scoring in a game or sport
    solution
    the successful action of solving a problem
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    accomplishment, achievement
    the action of accomplishing something
  2. noun
    an ability that has been acquired by training
    synonyms: accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, skill
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    craft, craftsmanship, workmanship
    skill in an occupation or trade
    horsemanship
    skill in handling and riding horses
    literacy
    the ability to read and write
    marksmanship
    skill in shooting
    mastership
    the skill of a master
    mixology
    skill in preparing mixed drinks
    numeracy
    skill with numbers and mathematics
    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
    swordsmanship
    skill in fencing
    boatmanship
    skill in handling boats
    housecraft
    skill in domestic management
    priestcraft
    the skills involved in the work of a priest
    stagecraft
    skill in writing or staging plays
    tradecraft
    skill acquired through experience in a trade; often used to discuss skill in espionage
    watercraft
    skill in the management of boats
    woodcraft
    skill in carving or fashioning objects from wood
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    ability, power
    possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
  3. noun
    arrival at a new stage
    “his attainment of puberty was delayed by malnutrition”
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    arrival, reaching
    accomplishment of an objective
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