burned-out

adjective

ˈbərnd-ˈau̇t How to pronounce burned-out (audio)
ˈbərnt-ˈau̇t
variants or burnt-out
1
: worn-out
also : exhausted
2
: destroyed by fire
a burned-out building

Examples of burned-out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drone video later showed cars littering a nearby road, some of them burned-out. Anna Schecter, NBC News, 9 Oct. 2023 For months, Rahman had been urging the city to replace the broken and burned-out lights around the playground behind the center so children could play there in the evening. Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 Detecting disconnection Stressed, burned-out or discouraged employees often are the first to look for a way to leave the company. Danielle Abril, Washington Post, 7 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of burned-out was in 1816

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Cite this Entry

“Burned-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burned-out. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

burned-out

adjective
ˈbərnd-ˈau̇t,
ˈbərnt-
variants or burnt-out
ˈbərnt-
1
2
: destroyed by fire
a burned-out building
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