burnout

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noun burn·out \ˈbərn-ˌau̇t\

Definition of burnout

  1. 1 :  the cessation of operation usually of a jet or rocket engine; also :  the point at which burnout occurs

  2. 2a :  exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustrationb :  a person suffering from burnout

  3. 3 :  a person showing the effects of drug abuse

Examples of burnout in a sentence

  1. Teaching can be very stressful, and many teachers eventually suffer burnout.

  2. the burnout rate among teachers

  3. a novel about academic burnouts

1940

First Known Use of burnout

1940


BURNOUT Defined for English Language Learners

burnout

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noun burn·out \ˈbərn-ˌau̇t\

Definition of burnout for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

burnout

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noun burn·out \ˈbərn-ˌau̇t\

Medical Definition of burnout

  1. 1a:  exhaustion of physical or emotional strength usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustrationb:  a person affected with burnout

  2. 2:  a person showing the effects of drug abuse



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