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 Among Alabama’s seniors, two will exhaust their eligibility after this season -- running back Brian Robinson and center Chris Owens. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Evan Neal tops Alabama projections for 2022 NFL draft," 4 May 2021 More than a quarter of the households enrolled in SNAP exhaust their monthly benefits in the first week after issuance, and more than half do so by the second week, according to a 2011 USDA study. Mike Dorning, chicagotribune.com, "Biden could boost food stamps 20%, even without Congress. Here’s how.," 3 May 2021 In all instances, Facebook controls the entire content-review and appeals process, and a user must exhaust all their options through Facebook before appealing to the board. Jessica J. González, Wired, "Everyone On Facebook’s Oversight Board Should Resign," 17 Apr. 2021 In California, courts are supposed to exhaust all alternatives before entering a person into conservatorship. Sara Luterman, The New Republic, "The Darker Story Just Outside the Lens of Framing Britney Spears," 12 Feb. 2021 Require officers to exhaust all force alternatives before using firearms. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Metro Council votes to limit use of force by police," 23 Oct. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Catalytic converters are attached to the exhaust system and reduce pollution. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thieves thwart security fencing to steal multiple catalytic converters from a public lot in South Milwaukee," 5 May 2021 Every Kona N gets launch control, 19-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero summer tires, a variable exhaust system that should provide plenty of snaps and pops, and the overboost function. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "286-HP 2022 Hyundai Kona N Brings the Crossover to the Performance Side," 27 Apr. 2021 Americans are living in the exhaust of that ambivalence. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Dark Side of the Houseplant Boom," 20 Apr. 2021 Investigators found cracks in the exhaust system of the DHC-2 Beaver plane that was built in 1963 and bolts missing from a firewall that would have allowed carbon monoxide to leak from the engine bay into the cabin. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, "Investigator blames exhaust leak for Sydney seaplane crash," 29 Jan. 2021 Given the Veloster N's many chassis, engine, exhaust, and drivetrain settings, there's no ideal way to present all the choices. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Hyundai Veloster N DCT Gets Quicker and Comfier," 22 Dec. 2020 Made until 2015, the earlier RWD-only, V-8-powered F-Type R Coupe was a brutal cat with a rabid, howling exhaust and traditional rear-wheel-drive traits that had the back end stepping out at the blink of an inattentive eye. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "On the Road: Jaguar’s 2021 F-Type R Coupe Has Its Claws Out for the Competition," 8 Apr. 2021 On the interstate, the Slingshot's stubby exhaust constantly emits an unpleasant drone. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2021 Polaris Slingshot AutoDrive Now Grants You Control," 8 Apr. 2021 With its headquarters in Michigan, the business specializes in exhaust and climate control automotive parts and controls. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Automotive manufacturer will bring more than 200 jobs to Louisville," 30 Mar. 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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7 May 2021

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“Exhaust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhaust. Accessed 16 May. 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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