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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Quiet quitting is ultimately a form of burnout and a silent protest against what some consider unhealthy workplace cultures. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 30 Aug. 2022 In Sony's Bullet Train, the actor stars as an assassin who has just recovered from a case of burnout, returning to his high-stakes job with a somewhat misguided sense of confidence about his fitness for duty. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 21 Aug. 2022 The meaninglessness associated with inefficacy, the third symptom of burnout, is trickier to tackle. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 19 Aug. 2022 There needs to be additional support for caregivers to provide relief and mitigate the risk of burnout. Smriti Kirubanandan, ABC News, 18 Aug. 2022 Seventy-seven percent of employees are currently suffering from some form of burnout. Yec, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 In the 2020-2021 school year, 80% of teachers nationwide reported feelings of burnout. Elizabeth Zumpe, The Conversation, 2 Aug. 2022 Bullet Train is an action comedy thriller that stars Pitt as an assassin, who, after recovering from a bout of burnout, heads back into duty. Shafiq Najib, PEOPLE.com, 19 July 2022 An exodus of experienced colleagues and untenable levels of burnout have trapped health-care workers in a chronic state of crisis, which persists even when hospitalization numbers are low, and deepens whenever the numbers climb. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 11 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The candles would eventually burn out, and another collection of photos, tears and memories would take its place, but a 20+ year friendship that defined my girlhood was entering its next phase. Desire Thompson, Essence, 15 Sep. 2022 Although wood offers a more traditional bonfire experience, wood-burning fires require frequent tending to ensure the fire receives proper oxygen and doesn't burn out. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2022 As the Pantanal dries out, more and more wildfires burn out of control, creating a vicious cycle. Palabra, oregonlive, 26 May 2022 In cheap burr grinders, the burrs will typically get blunt from regular use, and the flimsier motors may burn out with regular use in a matter of months. Jaina Grey Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 24 Aug. 2022 This means a volatile combination of strong winds, warm temperatures, low humidity, and unstable air in which blazes can burn out-of-control. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Bloody nipples are a really quick path to burn out on distance running. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 24 May 2020 Keep the house smelling all kinds of wonderful even after her candles burn out with this small (but mighty) diffuser that doubles as a floral arrangement. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 2 Aug. 2022 But rather than burn out like some who become celebrities at an early age, his star is glowing all the brighter. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2022 See More

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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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“Burnout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burnout. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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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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