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


Teaching can be very stressful, and many teachers eventually suffer burnout. the burnout rate among teachers a novel about academic burnouts


working 12-hour days at that job just burned me out
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While researchers have long known that doctors are more likely to die by suicide than the general population—partially due to issues like depression, anxiety and burnout—veterinarians face a set of unique stressors. Melissa Chan, Time, "Veterinarians Face Unique Issues That Make Suicide One of the Profession's Big Worries," 12 Sep. 2019 Earlier this year, burnout was added to the World Health Organization's list of official medical diagnoses. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Burnout is a big deal. Here's how managers can spot it," 9 Sep. 2019 In this op-ed Teen Vogue contributing writer Tatum Dooley addresses body-sheet-mask burnout. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Sheet Masks for Your Butt Are Now a Thing and We're Not Sure How to Feel," 22 Aug. 2019 Line lock, gizmos imported from drag racing, holds the front brakes but leaves the rear wheels free to rotate for burnouts that heat the tires for maximum grip off the line. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Dodge plays to muscle car niche with power, technology," 16 Aug. 2019 For me, the reason was a mix of career and burnout combined with a little—nay, a lot of—restlessness. Taylor Bryant, Glamour, "The Surprisingly Cathartic Process of Packing Up Your Life," 16 Aug. 2019 The purpose of the newsletter is to help students battle burnout. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 15 Aug. 2019 This helps head off ballooning extracurricular costs — and burnout. sun-sentinel.com, "What to do when back to school bites you in the budget," 23 July 2019 At burnout of that stage, the third stage, the S-IVB stage, was ignited. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of Apollo 11," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The group, with the help of Steve, work together to burn out the sprawling underground tunnel system used by the Mind Flayer, distracting it so that Eleven is able to close the Gate. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Everything you need to remember about Stranger Things before watching season 3," 28 June 2019 Suffering from burn out and the weight of expectation, the young Australian walked away from tennis in 2014. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "Ashleigh Barty eyes Wimbledon glory from world No.1 spot," 25 June 2019 The typical caseworker in Outagamie County only stays for about three years before getting burned out and leaving. CBS News, "The disturbing, heartbreaking reality of Child Protective Services caseworkers," 14 June 2019 From then on out, things get pretty bleak, as the stars of the universe slowly burn out. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "What Will Happen in the Next 100 Trillion Years?," 12 Aug. 2017 The idea for the startup came from founders who were, aptly, feeling burned out themselves. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "These millennials were so burned out, they’re building a startup to combat burnout," 3 Sep. 2019 And the fire doesn’t necessarily burn out — just check the going prices of 1976-1977 911 Carrera Turbos. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Red-carpet rockets: Is 500 hp now theadmission price to supercar club?," 30 Aug. 2019 The performance and the song struck a really sour note to me, and was perhaps the earliest indication that this feud had more fuel to it than could really burn out in 12 months' time. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Looking Back at the VMAs 10 Years Later: A Billboard Staff Kanye/Taylor Roundtable," 22 Aug. 2019 In an age when people with brains burned out on digital devices crave physical talismans, crystals seem to promise wisdom from the core of the earth. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Crystals’ Resurgence in the Self-Care Age," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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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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