Definition of burnout
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 frustrationb : a person suffering from burnout
3 : a person showing the effects of drug abuse
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
Recent Examples of burnout from the Web
As a physician who worked in internal medicine and hospice care, she was prompted to walk, in part, to recover from career burnout.
The report notes research showing that second jobs can lead to stress and burnout, and Ferguson wrote that allowing unreported second jobs could deprive the department of a tool for spotting red flags that could suggest corruption.
With animation and superheroes overcrowding the multiplex, the burnout factor looms large for an animated superhero.
Second-stage acceleration would peak at 35 times the pull of Earth’s gravity just before burnout.
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First Known Use of burnout
BURNOUT Defined for English Language Learners
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 Definition of burnout
1a: exhaustion of physical or emotional strength usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustrationb: a person affected with burnout
2: a person showing the effects of drug abuse
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