burnout

noun burn·out \ ˈbərn-ˌau̇t \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of burnout

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

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

Recent Examples of burnout from the Web

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First Known Use of burnout

1940


burn out

verb

Definition of burn out

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 burn out in a Sentence

  1. working 12-hour days at that job just burned me out

Recent Examples of burn out from the Web

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First Known Use of burn out

1710


BURNOUT Defined for English Language Learners

burnout

noun

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

noun burn·out \ ˈbərn-ˌau̇t \

medical Definition of burnout

1 a : 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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