burn·​out | \ ˈbərn-ˌau̇t How to pronounce burnout (audio) \

Definition of burnout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the cessation of operation usually of a jet or rocket engine also : the point at which burnout occurs
2a : exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration
b : a person suffering from burnout
3 : a person showing the effects of drug abuse

burn out

burned out or burnt out; burning out; burns out

Definition of burn out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to drive out or destroy the property of by fire
2 : to cause to fail, wear out, or become exhausted especially from overwork or overuse

intransitive verb

: to suffer burnout

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Examples of burnout in a Sentence

Noun Teaching can be very stressful, and many teachers eventually suffer burnout. the burnout rate among teachers a novel about academic burnouts Verb working 12-hour days at that job just burned me out
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Good morning, At a time when the war for talent is heating up and burnout is on the rise, some companies are turning to perks to show appreciation and help with engagement and retention. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 7 June 2021 For some, burnout is just another word for boredom. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Black mental health professionals themselves are experiencing untold levels of burnout. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 22 May 2021 Although burnout is not an official medical condition, it is defined as a syndrome by the World Health Organization (WHO). Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 14 May 2021 In addition, studies at UCLouvain in Belgium found parental burnout is real and is brought on by constant demands and pressures to parent. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 8 May 2021 Job burnout is often the result of chronic workplace stress, and manifests as exhaustion, cynicism and feeling ineffectual. Allison Pohle, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2021 In that idea, burnout might be sort of like an accidental overdose of stress. Richard Morgan, Vogue, 13 Apr. 2021 Rothfield says that burnout is particularly common for adult-content creators. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The hope is that the brakes won’t somehow otherwise burn out from overuse amid nonstop frictional forces being applied. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Caseworkers often have heavy caseloads and burn out, leading to high turnover. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 6 May 2021 Some retire, others burn out, and others still have their careers sunk by scandal. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021 The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement explaining that the mix of warm, dry days, low humidity and winds may cause outdoor fires to burn out of control. oregonlive, 14 Apr. 2021 Eventually, all lights will be LED as the others burn out. cleveland, 21 Apr. 2021 But by merely training at the elite level, Memmel has flouted what is perhaps the most foundational notion in gymnastics training: that the world’s most talented gymnasts, after peaking in their teens, inevitably burn out before mature adulthood. New York Times, 4 May 2021 This full-body bodyweight workout will burn out all your major muscle groups—your upper body, core, legs, and glutes—in just 20 minutes. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 27 Mar. 2021 That was the result that came from Tuesday’s (April 20) City Council Safety Committee meeting in which talk centered on the approximately 100 street lights that had been shuttered or allowed over the past nine years to burn out without replacement. cleveland, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of burnout


1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1710, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of burnout was in 1710

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“Burnout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burnout. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of burnout

: the condition of someone who has become very physically and emotionally tired after doing a difficult job for a long time
: a person who suffers burnout
: the time when a jet or rocket engine stops working because there is no more fuel available


burn·​out | \ ˈbərn-ˌau̇t How to pronounce burnout (audio) \

Medical Definition of burnout

1a : exhaustion of physical or emotional strength usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration
b : a person affected with burnout
2 : a person showing the effects of drug abuse

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