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

Examples of burnout in a Sentence

Noun Teaching can be very stressful, and many teachers eventually suffer burnout. the burnout rate among teachers a novel about academic burnouts Verb working 12-hour days at that job just burned me out
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And during this time of collective burnout, art is needed more than ever to fuel the will of the people. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 29 July 2022 This summer, Sydney Sweeney experienced her first glimpse of millennial burnout. Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 July 2022 About 77% of workers in the U.S. have experienced burnout or imposter syndrome, according to the report. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 26 July 2022 Education policy researchers say more and more rural districts in states like Texas and Missouri are moving to the shorter workweek model, especially after the pandemic caused widespread teacher burnout across the country. Brian Lopez, San Antonio Express-News, 25 July 2022 Running a bureau of 30 journalists would be draining under any circumstances, but keeping up with an unrelenting news cycle in the midst of a pandemic was a sure recipe for burnout. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2022 The presence of murky or dark red within an aura can suggest ongoing frustration, trauma, or burnout. Alesandra Dubin, Woman's Day, 15 July 2022 In the latter case, virtual interaction creates confusion and burnout by placing the Zoomer simultaneously in one physical space and another—perhaps very distant—virtual space. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 14 July 2022 In the meantime, Starbucks is also working to shift its company culture as employees vote to unionize and report burnout. Kelsee Majette, The Week, 13 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the problem is all these young artists [who have success early on] burn out young and the discipline can disappear. New York Times, 6 July 2022 Photos from The Oregonian/OregonLive earlier Sunday also showed a street takeover on Burnside Bridge, where onlookers watched drivers burn out and spin their cars in donuts. oregonlive, 13 June 2022 Research finds that workers are more apt to burn out when poorly matched in one of six key areas: workload, control, reward, community, fairness, or values. Rhett Power, Forbes, 3 July 2022 Millions have been forced to and opted to leave their jobs; even our aesthetic choices are seen as balms for a society that’s been lit on fire and then left to burn out. Madison Feller, ELLE, 16 June 2022 Rafts of research prove that intensive parenting mainly serves to burn out parents while harming children’s competence and mental health. Elliot Haspel, The Atlantic, 10 May 2022 And in light of the pandemic, geopolitical issues and overall burn out in the health care industry, settings like labs are facing staffing and workload procedure challenges. Robert Reiss, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Do not let this fairy-tale view of the world burn out with age, my dear Pisces moon! Glamour, 31 May 2022 The stress caused by the more than 200 unfilled positions in the district is causing employees to burn out, said James Tobler, president of the Salt Lake Education Association. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2022 See More

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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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“Burnout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burnout. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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