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 exhaust (audio) \ noun
exhaustible \ ig-​ˈzȯ-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce exhaust (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 Rent, childcare, groceries and health care costs quickly exhaust a budget of that size, not to mention when a family faces an unplanned expense like a repair or a medical emergency. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Opinion: The American Rescue Plan is scheduled to last for one year. Here’s why it’s not enough.," 2 Apr. 2021 Determine which tasks exhaust your energy the most and outsource them. Goldie Chan, Forbes, "10 Ways Introverts Can Build A Personal Brand," 11 Mar. 2021 Teams that are not contenders don’t exhaust financial assets and draft picks on players like that. Vincent Frank, Forbes, "San Francisco 49ers Go All-In With Historic Trent Williams Contract," 17 Mar. 2021 Workers who didn't exhaust their allotment of benefits by that date could continue collecting benefits up to April 11. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 relief package: $1,400 stimulus checks, $300 bonus for federal unemployment benefits," 9 Mar. 2021 Bourgeois' lawyers contend that the apparent rush by Trump, a Republican, to get executions in before the Jan. 20 inauguration of death-penalty foe Joe Biden, a Democrat, has deprived their client his rights to exhaust his legal options. Fox News, "US executes Louisiana truck driver who killed daughter, 2," 12 Dec. 2020 Bourgeois’ lawyers contend that the apparent hurry by Trump, a Republican, to get executions in before the Jan. 20 inauguration of death-penalty foe Joe Biden, a Democrat, has deprived their client his rights to exhaust his legal options. Michael Tarm, The Indianapolis Star, "Alfred Bourgeois executed at Terre Haute, marking 2nd federal execution in as many days," 12 Dec. 2020 Bourgeois’ lawyers contend that the apparent hurry by the Republican president to get executions in before the Jan. 20 inauguration of death-penalty foe Joe Biden, a Democrat, has deprived their client his rights to exhaust his legal options. Michael Tarm, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration hurries up executions before Biden administration takes over," 11 Dec. 2020 Bourgeois’ lawyers contend that the apparent hurry by Trump, a Republican, to get executions in before the Jan. 20 inauguration of death-penalty foe Joe Biden, a Democrat, has deprived their client his rights to exhaust his legal options. Michael Tarm, chicagotribune.com, "Trump administration plans 2nd execution in as many days," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sometimes cars, with their noise and exhaust fumes, are a disturbance. Star Tribune, "Some Poles flout virus rules as harder lockdown takes effect," 27 Mar. 2021 Through its driving focus on the singularity of all her subjects, Neel’s work pumps oxygen into a room choking on the exhaust fumes of identity politics. Washington Post, "Alice Neel was the greatest American portraitist of the 20th century. Her work continues to astonish.," 25 Mar. 2021 The Alpina also features a different exhaust system that's said to provide a more distinctive soundtrack. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe Combines the 8-Series' Best Elements," 24 Mar. 2021 Other new bits include a bespoke exhaust system, a race-grade radiator, a Wilbers mono-shock, Motoscope Pro display and a Koso Thunderbolt LED headlight. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "How ICM Transformed a 1987 BMW K100 Into a One-of-a-Kind Golden Cafe Racer," 10 Mar. 2021 In the exhaust fumes of uncertainty, heartache and failure, the man nicknamed Dr. Blitz was sacked. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Don Brown taking the fall for Michigan football clears the way for Jim Harbaugh extension," 24 Dec. 2020 Halo Life has incorporated proprietary SETA Nanofilter technology from New Zealand that filters out virtually all airborne particulates, including smoke, dust, exhaust fumes, toxins, odors, pollens, pathogens, and pollutants. Rachel King, Fortune, "Must-have gadgets and accessories for safer winter (and pandemic) travel," 6 Nov. 2020 The theft of catalytic converters -- a part of the exhaust system that helps reduce harmful emissions in most cars built after the mid-1970s -- is a big problem for car owners. oregonlive, "New Oregon bill hopes to curb rampant theft of catalytic converters," 12 Mar. 2021 Your biggest solution to a moisture problem is a bathroom exhaust fan. Paul F.p. Pogue, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Angie’s List: How to prevent bathroom mold," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of exhaust was in 1531

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13 Apr 2021

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“Exhaust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhaust. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for exhaust

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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