ex·​haust·​ed ig-ˈzȯ-stəd How to pronounce exhausted (audio)
: completely or almost completely depleted of resources or contents
… crops are grown in the resulting field for a year or a few years until the soil is exhausted, and then the field is abandoned …Jared Diamond
: depleted of energy : extremely tired
I mean I was just exhausted, totally exhausted. I could barely walk up a flight of stairs without panting and wheezing.Anthony DeCurtis

Examples of exhausted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In these segments of the film, Zelenskyy looks exhausted but steadfast. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 13 Sep. 2023 While speaking with The Independent, Burton, 65, said his experiences making major studio movies have often left him exhausted, but returning to the undead world of Michael Keaton's Beetlejuice character was a change of pace. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2023 In January 2016, the USS Fort Worth broke down when a crew of exhausted sailors failed to execute a routine procedure, costing the Navy millions in repairs. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, 7 Sep. 2023 Experts say exhausted parents often set their babies down to sleep on nursing pillows or other infant cushions against manufacturers’ warnings — which can lead to deadly situations within minutes. Suzy Khimm, NBC News, 23 Aug. 2023 Setting out shortly after the helicopter took flight, the rescuers led the exhausted party down the Helon Taylor Trail, a punishing descent that took nearly half a day. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2023 In the play Daddy D. (the adult Donald Driver) is an exhausted Green Bay Packers player with a baby who won't sleep. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2023 Gambling was the only accessible vice, and troops were generally too exhausted after a day’s work to become discipline problems. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2023 Agreed to a hand of cards even though I was exhausted from a long day. Ed Ternan, Men's Health, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exhausted was circa 1656

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“Exhausted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhausted. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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