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 Nationwide, 77% of surviving small-business owners expect to exhaust their second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding by the end of June, and a majority are confident that their businesses will survive. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 At current pace, the world is set to exhaust the Global Carbon budget, or the annual emissions rate that can be sustained, by 2030. Jonquil Hackenberg, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Other witnesses suggested diversion programs that would force landlords and tenants to exhaust any available aid before eviction proceedings were allowed to go forward. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Floyd appeared to exhaust his federal appeals last November, and the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear his case. CBS News, 20 Apr. 2021 Floyd appeared to exhaust his federal appeals last November, and the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear his case. Ken Ritter, Star Tribune, 19 Apr. 2021 If teams can't break away from the bottom of the pack, the NBA may have to exhaust all its tiebreakers to make sense of the East. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2021 Justice Department policy dictates that investigators in leak cases should exhaust all other possible sources of information before considering trying to examine journalists' records. BostonGlobe.com, 7 May 2021 Cash incentives may be deployed, but probably not until health officers exhaust other options, like expanding weekend and after-hours clinics and mobile outreach. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also unchanged for 2021 is the exhaust note of the GTS's mellifluous V-8, which continues to emit a powerboat-like burble at idle that builds to a soulful bellow as the engine spins to its 6800-rpm redline. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 3 June 2021 Property was stolen from a vehicle, and damage was found on a door frame and exhaust pipe. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 The exhaust note is rich, percussive but surprisingly muted. Dan Neil, WSJ, 13 May 2021 The retired forensic pathologist also said the fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd's system, and possible carbon monoxide poisoning from auto exhaust, were contributing factors in his death. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 25 Apr. 2021 Dealers will update the software, replace ignition coils and if necessary install a new front exhaust pipe. NBC News, 21 Apr. 2021 As with all Audi RS models, different drive modes adjust the steering feel, suspension, exhaust note and throttle, and a memory function allows the driver to customize his or her favorites. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 16 Apr. 2021 Fowler is now testifying about the effect of carbon monoxide on the body, noting Floyd's position as he was being restrained near the running squad car's exhaust pipe. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, 15 Apr. 2021 My inner child also enjoyed the artificial engine and exhaust note pumped into the cabin through the Toyota’s sound system. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 24 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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12 Jun 2021

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