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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But in the past 10 years, lifestyle diseases and obesity have become global plagues, burnout has been classified as a health condition, and the assault of technology has disconnected our minds from our bodies and the natural world. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biomarkers, Sweat Lodges, and Shamans: Today's Wellness Retreats Go Far Beyond a Detox," 26 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sometimes individual lights are burned out, other times the entire string seems dead. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Fix a String of Christmas Lights," 21 Oct. 2019 Koeman impressed at Southampton and Everton but could never do quite enough to earn a move elsewhere and his form eventually burnt out, but the 56-year-old has once again established himself as a top-class manager since joining the national team. SI.com, "KNVB Director Confirms Ronald Koeman Has 'Barcelona Release Clause' in His Netherlands Contract," 20 Oct. 2019 In other words, your brain will burn out and affect your body's ability to exercise. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Too much exercise could lead to bad decisions on what you eat and buy," 26 Sep. 2019 Fresh from Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold's heroic exploits of 2018/19, there are quite logical calls from the fans to add cover for the left and right back berths to avoid burning out that talented and crucial duo. SI.com, "Why Keeping Nathaniel Clyne at Liverpool Instead of Spending Makes a Lot of Sense," 16 July 2019 Meanwhile, LeVangie noted that the addition of Steven Wright and expected return next week of Heath Hembree could help the team avoid burning out its best late-innings arms. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "The Red Sox are blowing a lot of saves. Can they fix that?," 26 June 2019 Will the relievers collectively burn out late in the year? Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: The bullpen is the Cincinnati Reds' strength. Why not use it?," 18 June 2019 On a recent weekend, the electric breaker box for our swimming-pool pump burned out. Jonathan Kolatch, WSJ, "How I Became an Asparagus Farmer," 16 June 2019 For the time being, this Tesla's burned out husk remains on the lake, where Popular Mechanics photographed it on Wednesday afternoon. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Tesla Burnt To a Crisp on a Vermont Lake. We Walked Out There and Found It.," 27 Feb. 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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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of burnout was in 1710

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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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