Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To weaken or reduce in number by stress or military action.

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  • verb To wear down through attrition, especially mechanical attrition
  • verb To engage in attrition; to quit or drop out
  • verb To be reduced in quantity through attrition
  • verb military To lose, or to kill troops by attrition due to sustained firepower

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Back-formation from attrition.

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Back-formation from attrition.

Examples

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  • Wear the Cong down, and he'll quit... Attrit him.

    Atlantic Monthly, 1969

    'Attrit' (back-formation from 'attrition') is a recent variant, apparently US military, of the older verb 'attrite' "rub; wear down", which is known from 1726 (1917 in military context).

    August 4, 2008