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"attrition" in British English

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attritionnoun [U]

uk   /əˈtrɪʃ.ən/  us   /əˈtrɪʃ.ən/
formal gradually making something ​weaker and ​destroying it, ​especially the ​strength or ​confidence of an ​enemy by ​repeatedlyattacking it: Terrorist ​groups and the ​government have been ​engaged in a ​costly war of attrition since 2008.
US (UK natural wastage) business a ​reduction in the ​number of ​people who ​work for an ​organization that is ​achieved by not ​replacing those ​people who ​leave
US (UK wastage) the ​people who ​leave an ​educational or ​trainingcourse before it has ​finished: The high attrition ​rates on the ​degreeprograms are a ​cause for ​concern.
(Definition of attrition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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attritionnoun [U]

 us   /əˈtrɪʃ·ən/ fml
a ​gradual reduction in the ​number of ​people who ​work for an ​organization that is ​achieved by not ​replacing those who ​leave: Most of the ​joblosses will come through attrition.
(Definition of attrition from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"attrition" in Business English

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attritionnoun [U]

uk   us   /əˈtrɪʃən/
HR a ​reduction in the ​number of ​employees in a ​company made by not ​replacing those who ​leave, rather than ​forcingpeople to ​leave their ​jobs: The ​majority of ​jobs will go through natural attrition. Staff attrition ​rates are high.
MARKETING a ​reduction in the ​number of ​people who ​buy a ​product or ​service, for ​example because of its age, ​increasedcompetition, etc.: We ​aim to ​minimize the ​rate of customer attrition.
(Definition of attrition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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