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exhaust

verb ex·haust \ ig-ˈzȯst \

Definition of exhaust

transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :to draw off or let out completely
b :to empty by drawing off the contents; specifically :to create a vacuum in
3 a :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

exhauster

noun

exhaustibility

play \ig-ˌzȯ-stə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

exhaustible

play \ig-ˈzȯ-stə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of exhaust in a Sentence

  1. If they keep spending this way, they'll exhaust their savings.

  2. He can talk about baseball for hours and still feel that he hasn't exhausted the subject .

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Origin and Etymology of exhaust

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

exhaust Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of exhaust

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

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exhaust

noun

Definition of exhaust

1 a :the escape of used gas or vapor from an engine
b :the gas or vapor thus escaping
2 a :the conduit through which used gases escape
b :an arrangement for removing fumes, dusts, or odors from an enclosure

Examples of exhaust in a Sentence

  1. diesel exhaust from passing trucks

  2. There's a problem with the car's exhaust.

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First Known Use of exhaust

1848

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EXHAUST Defined for English Language Learners

exhaust

verb

Definition of exhaust for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of exhaust for English Language Learners

  • : the mixture of gases produced by an engine

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


EXHAUST Defined for Kids

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exhaust

verb ex·haust \ ig-ˈzȯst \

Definition of exhaust for Students

exhausted; exhausting
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.

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exhaust

noun

Definition of exhaust for Students

1 :the gas that escapes from an engine
2 :a system of pipes through which exhaust escapes

Medical Dictionary

exhaust

transitive verb ex·haust \ ig-ˈzȯst \

medical Definition of exhaust

1 a :to draw off or let out completely
b :to empty by drawing off the contents; specifically :to create a vacuum in
2 a :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

Law Dictionary

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 State
  • U.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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