exhaust

verb
ex·haust | \ ig-ˈzȯst \
exhausted; exhausting; exhausts

Definition of exhaust 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to consume entirely : use up exhausted our funds in a week

b : to tire extremely or completely exhausted by overwork

c : to deprive of a valuable quality or constituent exhaust a soil of fertility

2a : to draw off or let out completely

b : to empty by drawing off the contents specifically : to create a vacuum in

3a : to consider or discuss (a subject) thoroughly or completely

b : to try out the whole number of exhausted all the possibilities

intransitive verb

: discharge, empty the engine exhausts through the muffler

exhaust

noun

Definition of exhaust (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the escape of used gas or vapor from an engine

b : the gas or vapor thus escaping

2a : the conduit through which used gases escape

b : an arrangement for removing fumes, dusts, or odors from an enclosure

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Other words from exhaust

Verb

exhauster noun
exhaustibility \ig-ˌzȯ-stə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
exhaustible \ig-ˈzȯ-stə-bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for exhaust

Synonyms: Verb

absorb, burn, consume, deplete, devour, drain, draw down, expend, play out, spend, use up

Antonyms: Verb

renew, replace

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Verb

deplete, drain, exhaust, impoverish, bankrupt mean to deprive of something essential to existence or potency. deplete implies a reduction in number or quantity so as to endanger the ability to function. depleting our natural resources drain implies a gradual withdrawal and ultimate deprivation of what is necessary to an existence. personal tragedy had drained him of all spirit exhaust stresses a complete emptying. her lecture exhausted the subject impoverish suggests a deprivation of something essential to richness or productiveness. impoverished soil bankrupt suggests impoverishment to the point of imminent collapse. war had bankrupted the nation of resources

tire, weary, fatigue, exhaust, jade mean to make or become unable or unwilling to continue. tire implies a draining of one's strength or patience. the long ride tired us out weary stresses tiring until one is unable to endure more of the same thing. wearied of the constant arguing fatigue suggests great lassitude from excessive strain or undue effort. fatigued by the day's chores exhaust implies complete draining of strength by hard exertion. shoveling snow exhausted him jade suggests the loss of all freshness and eagerness. appetites jaded by overindulgence

Examples of exhaust in a Sentence

Verb

If they keep spending this way, they'll exhaust their savings. He can talk about baseball for hours and still feel that he hasn't exhausted the subject .

Noun

diesel exhaust from passing trucks There's a problem with the car's exhaust.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add in the three graduate transfers who will exhaust their eligibility after this campaign, and Louisville is looking at six openings. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "U of L Insider: Why the next few weeks are vital for Chris Mack, Cards," 9 July 2018 All came in close extra-inning games, without a run differential as big as this one’s, after all other bullpen options had been exhausted. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "The Rays and Marlins Played An Incredibly Strange Game on Tuesday Night," 4 July 2018 The Los Angeles Lakers, the other team that entered the offseason with significant salary-cap space, have exhausted the entirety of their stash with the signings of LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo, among others. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "NBA free-agency money dries up, so might Heat trade options," 3 July 2018 SoCalGas also may not draw gas from Aliso Canyon unless other options have been exhausted. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In California, natural gas availability still an issue 3 years after major leak," 10 June 2018 The best part had happened the very last day, when, having exhausted all the opportunities for luxury Omaha had to offer, Anna and her party had taken a cab driver’s suggestion to check out the zoo. Jessica Pressler, The Cut, "Maybe She Had So Much Money She Just Lost Track of It," 28 May 2018 Cary noted that Astarita has exhausted his personal savings to pay for his own forensic experts and has sought some federal funds to cover additional expenses. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Indicted FBI agent spends personal savings on forensic experts to challenge indictment," 21 May 2018 The special counsel could very well be holding his best cards for a later date, when the president has exhausted his political capital on the subject. Jay Willis, GQ, "What Mueller's Questions for Trump Might Tell Us About His Investigation," 1 May 2018 Having exhausted Paris, these characters who never sleep move on to London, where Rebecca Ferguson's former MI6 agent from Rogue Nation, Ilsa Faust, steps more to the fore, with intentions that muddy the waters even further. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mission: Impossible — Fallout': Film Review," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While these pollutants make their way out of most cars running on gasoline, diesel exhaust is a particularly big contributor. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "The Indy 500 is actually super trashy," 21 May 2018 The main visual difference comes from the blue accents around that grille, and on the bumper, where the exhausts usually go. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "BMW's New Electric SUV Looks Shockingly Normal," 25 Apr. 2018 Transportation Department spokeswoman Aurah Landau says the Columbia needed significant repairs that required the manufacturing of new bow thruster exhaust system components. Anchorage Daily News, "Repairs keep Alaska ferry out of service for second week," 7 July 2018 The professor worked for years for a leading German carmaker, developing exhaust gas treatment systems. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Air pollution poses health risk to Houstonians, study finds," 2 July 2018 Police described the vehicle as possibly an Audi or Infiniti sedan with large, shiny four- or five-spoke wheels, dark-tinted windows, a black grille, and loud exhaust system. Matthew Walberg, chicagotribune.com, "Mount Prospect police asking for help to ID man who tried to lure teen into his car," 20 June 2018 There’s no word on who’s going to foot the bill for the impromptu modification to the truck’s exhaust pipe. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "She went for the music, but got her head stuck in a truck's tailpipe, Minn. cops say," 13 June 2018 With the boat tied up at the dock, Hathaway went to pick up spare parts for the exhaust system. Outside Online, "In Search of the Vanished Destination," 17 Apr. 2018 Officers went to the building and could smell raw marijuana being blown out of the building by an industrial exhaust system. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Property owner charged in marijuana growing operation in Cleveland," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of exhaust

Verb

1531, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for exhaust

Verb

Latin exhaustus, past participle of exhaurire, from ex- + haurire to draw; akin to Middle High German œsen to empty, Greek auein to take

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exhaust

verb

English Language Learners Definition of exhaust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to use all of someone's mental or physical energy : to tire out or wear out (someone) completely

: to completely use up (something, such as supplies or money)

: to try all of (something)

exhaust

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exhaust (Entry 2 of 2)

: the mixture of gases produced by an engine

: a pipe or system of pipes through which exhaust is released

exhaust

verb
ex·haust | \ ig-ˈzȯst \
exhausted; exhausting

Kids Definition of exhaust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to tire out : fatigue Hard work will exhaust you.

2 : to use up completely We've exhausted our supplies.

3 : to try out all of We exhausted all options.

exhaust

noun

Kids Definition of exhaust (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the gas that escapes from an engine

2 : a system of pipes through which exhaust escapes

exhaust

transitive verb
ex·haust | \ ig-ˈzȯst \

Medical Definition of exhaust 

1a : to draw off or let out completely

b : to empty by drawing off the contents specifically : to create a vacuum in

2a : to use up : consume completely

b : to tire extremely or completely exhausted by overwork

3 : to extract completely with a solvent exhaust a drug with alcohol

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exhaust

transitive verb
ex·haust

Legal Definition of exhaust 

: to use up or consume entirely: as

a : to try all of (available remedies) the applicant has exhausted the remedies available in the courts of the StateU.S. Code

b : to bring (a claim) through all available prior levels of review each of his claims would now be exhausted —W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel

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