exhaust

verb
ex·​haust | \ ig-ˈzȯst How to pronounce exhaust (audio) \
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 How to pronounce exhaustibility (audio) \ noun
exhaustible \ ig-​ˈzȯ-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce exhaustible (audio) \ adjective

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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

The Blair-Cameron-Clinton liberalism that dominated politics in the 1990s and early 2000s is exhausted. The Economist, "On Britain beyond Brexit and the future of Conservatism," 18 June 2019 In May 1868, following an exhausting eleven-week trial, the Senate acquitted Andrew Johnson—by a single vote. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "The Impossibility of Impeachment," 10 June 2019 Walking the half-mile path down to the edge of the lagoon from the park’s small mountaineering lodge is an exhausting task. Mark Johanson, chicagotribune.com, "A landscape like no other: Exploring the surreal southern end of the Atacama Desert," 6 June 2019 The long, exhausting journeys and austerity of life on a dig proved to be no obstacle to her writing, and enriched her murderous plots. National Geographic, "Agatha Christie's adventurous 'second act' plays out in Mesopotamia," 21 Mar. 2019 The first issue to be decided was whether the plaintiffs exhausted their administrative remedies when they had not participated in a Prop. Ramona Sentinel, "Plaintiffs win Phase 1 of lawsuit against water district," 5 June 2019 How was your time at the wonderfully exhausting High Point Market trade fair? Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Designer Leyden Lewis Wants to Cover Your Staircase in Leather," 15 Apr. 2019 Just being a person in the world is exhausting, and weeping recharges your batteries! Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "15 Sad Movies for When You Need Something to Cry About," 3 Oct. 2018 The Witcher 3 was exhausting to learn, but nevertheless, the woodsy world looks lovely. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Into the High-Powered World of Gaming PCs," 20 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Use an exhaust fan in the kitchen (and bath and laundry areas if possible). Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Do Air Purifiers Actually Work?," 17 Dec. 2018 Take care of your homes: clear exhaust vents, make sure CO detectors + smoke alarms are working, shovel out sidewalks, charge your devices + check batteries in flashlights. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'Whiteout': Third brutal winter storm blasts New England," 13 Mar. 2018 Laptops can get buildup in the exhaust vents, which can cause the device to overheat and slow down. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your Gadgets to Make Them Feel Like New Again," 26 Jan. 2018 At the rear, quad exhausts get brushed silver surrounds. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Cadillac revamps its sportiest lineup, adds new CT4-V and CT5-V sedans," 31 May 2019 All those parts generate a lot of heat, so the Inspiron 15 7000 has dual heat pipes, fans, and exhaust ports tucked efficiently into the hinge area. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Dell brings fancy features to the Inspiron 15 7000 and Inspiron 13 5000," 28 May 2019 AdBlue, an additive, helps eliminate harmful exhaust gases. BostonGlobe.com, "Emissions issues plague Daimler truck engines," 9 July 2018 This presents the danger of drawing exhaust gases back into the passenger compartment, which could be a serious problem, particularly if the other windows are closed. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Drivers can ship your car cross country," 8 July 2018 The exhaust on the S are slip-on Akrapovic pipes that are beautifully loud and distinct. David Curcurito, Popular Mechanics, "A Day on the New Indian FTR 1200, Then Tequila," 16 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce exhaust (audio) \
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 How to pronounce exhaust (audio) \

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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