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“… high attrition rate …”

meanings of attrition


  1. Wearing or grinding down by friction.
  2. The wearing of teeth due to their grinding.
  3. The gradual reduction in a tangible or intangible resource due to causes that are passive and do not involve productive use of the resource.
  4. Imperfect contrition or remorse.
  5. The loss of participants during an experiment.
  6. A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death.
  7. The loss of a first or second language or a portion of that language.


  1. To undergo a reduction in number.
  2. To reduce the number of (jobs or workers) by not hiring new employees to fill positions that become vacant (often with out).
  3. To grind or wear down through friction.