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attrit

destroy an enemy with large amounts of troops or firepower; reduce something in size or strength; to wear down by attrition
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at·trit

 (ə-trĭt′)
tr.v. at·trit·ted, at·trit·ting, at·trits or at·trit·ed or at·trit·ing
To weaken or reduce in number by stress or military action: "attriting enemy forces faster than they could be replaced" (Lewis Sorley ).

[Back-formation from attrition.]
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attrit

(əˈtrɪt)
vb (tr) , -trits, -tritting or -tritted
1. to wear down or dispose of gradually
2. to kill
Also : attrite
[C18: back formation from attrition]
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attrit


Past participle: attritted
Gerund: attritting

Imperative
attrit
attrit
Present
I attrit
you attrit
he/she/it attrits
we attrit
you attrit
they attrit
Preterite
I attritted
you attritted
he/she/it attritted
we attritted
you attritted
they attritted
Present Continuous
I am attritting
you are attritting
he/she/it is attritting
we are attritting
you are attritting
they are attritting
Present Perfect
I have attritted
you have attritted
he/she/it has attritted
we have attritted
you have attritted
they have attritted
Past Continuous
I was attritting
you were attritting
he/she/it was attritting
we were attritting
you were attritting
they were attritting
Past Perfect
I had attritted
you had attritted
he/she/it had attritted
we had attritted
you had attritted
they had attritted
Future
I will attrit
you will attrit
he/she/it will attrit
we will attrit
you will attrit
they will attrit
Future Perfect
I will have attritted
you will have attritted
he/she/it will have attritted
we will have attritted
you will have attritted
they will have attritted
Future Continuous
I will be attritting
you will be attritting
he/she/it will be attritting
we will be attritting
you will be attritting
they will be attritting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been attritting
you have been attritting
he/she/it has been attritting
we have been attritting
you have been attritting
they have been attritting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been attritting
you will have been attritting
he/she/it will have been attritting
we will have been attritting
you will have been attritting
they will have been attritting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been attritting
you had been attritting
he/she/it had been attritting
we had been attritting
you had been attritting
they had been attritting
Conditional
I would attrit
you would attrit
he/she/it would attrit
we would attrit
you would attrit
they would attrit
Past Conditional
I would have attritted
you would have attritted
he/she/it would have attritted
we would have attritted
you would have attritted
they would have attritted
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Translations

attrit

[əˈtrɪt] VT attrite [əˈtraɪt] VTdesgastar, agotar
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The three-sided ambush was a specialty of the Taliban: usually faced with superior American firepower, they preferred to bend fluidly around allied troops rather than attempt to hold terrain, surrounding Americans and attriting them as they advanced, falling back and melting away as necessary for survival.
If the participating units, however, are not dropped out systematically, meaning that there are no distinctive characteristics among the attriting units, then there is no attrition bias even though the sample has decreased between waves.
The small footprints of the settlements were at first discomfortingly accepted by the Cherokee, who initially ceded areas of land whose ownership was disputed by multiple tribes in hopes that these other contesting tribes would shoulder the burden of attriting the frontiersmen to oblivion.
The major objective in any counterinsurgency or unconventional type of war is gaining and then maintaining the support of the population and not simply attriting the enemy's armed forces.
The report said Iran has a doctrine of delaying and attriting any attacking force.
A larger force can better sustain the punishment it receives while attriting the foe.
The complicity of the kind of thoughtless thought epitomized by the Pentagon planners and the civilians, like Komer, in Saigon, who were ostensibly engaged in "winning the hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese people to the cause of "freedom," with the horrific dehumanized killing practice of "attriting" the population base of the Viet Cong became remarkably manifest in the process of the Vietnam War.
The authors try to assuage such fears by offering us a means comparison for "continuing students" (that is, those who stay in the sample) versus "attriting students." They show, however, that the attriters are more likely to be native born and more likely to have higher test scores at baseline.
The assumption at Midwestern is that admitted students are fully capable of completing their degrees; indeed, the career paths of the attriting students revealed them to be enormously talented and successful.
These fighter escorts also served a second function, that of attriting the German fighter force--essentially a trench-style slugfest in the air.
The killing of Iraqis, both military and civilian, was softened to "attriting" or "degrading" resources; when it was noticed that in Arabic the word "Fedayeen" means "one who sacrifices himself for a cause," our official spokesmen substituted "terrorist death squads"; the looting of the Iraqi National Museum and the burning of the country's National Library were ascribed to the joys of"freedom." Nothing to do with our Navy's cruise missiles, of course, and in no way the fault of our Army units that had been asked to protect both buildings, and with them the 12,000-year history of a civilization that prior to the arrival of General Franks had survived the conquests of the Emperor Heraclius, Suleiman the Magnificent, and Genghis Khan.
Sophisticated fortress design usually included outworks, to act as attriting and distracting breakwaters.