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- To wear down through attrition, especially mechanical attrition
- To engage in attrition; to quit or drop out
- To be reduced in quantity through attrition
2001, Lynne Hansen, “Language Attrition in Contexts of Japanese Bilingualism”, in Studies in Japanese Bilingualism, ISBN 185359489X, page 359:
- The interference theory of second language loss holds that forgetting is actually interference between the attriting language and the language replacing it.
- (military) To lose, or to kill troops by attrition due to sustained firepower
attrit (plural attrits)
- (countable) One who voluntarily or involuntarily leaves a company; a termed employee
2009, Alan Weiss, Nancy MacKay, The Talent Advantage:
- Throughout the early part of the meeting, a human resources manager kept talking about “attrits," which we thought was some kind of financial product they were reducing or eliminating. It wasn't until she mentioned "minimizing severance options" that we realized she was talking about people.
- (a terminated employee): term