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noun [uncountable] attrition pronunciation in American English /əˈtrɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    a reduction in size, numbers, or strength
    attrition rate/rate of attrition: Fifty volunteers left in the first year, a surprisingly high attrition rate.
  2. 2
    a deliberate gradual reduction in the number of workers in an organization, as a result of the organizations not replacing those who leave or die
    Another 500 jobs are being eliminated through retirement and attrition.
  3. 3
    formal the process of making an enemy physically and mentally weaker by continuously attacking them
    war of attrition: Since 1985 they had been fighting a bloody war of attrition with hundreds of casualties on both sides.

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