exhaust

verb
ex·haust | \ig-ˈzȯst \
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 \ noun
exhaustible \ig-ˈzȯ-stə-bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for exhaust

Synonyms: Verb

absorb, burn, consume, deplete, devour, drain, draw down, expend, play out, spend, use up

Antonyms: Verb

renew, replace

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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

Quarterback John Wolford, the catalyst behind that renaissance, exhausted his eligibility, but the Demon Deacons have some remnants. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) lose to Wake Forest," 9 July 2018 Dripping with sweat and exhausted from their stint on the rower, drivers approach a large touch-screen panel and play a multitude of games that test their reaction time, perception, focus, hand speed and hand-eye coordination. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Where IndyCar drivers go to prepare their minds, bodies for rigors of Indy 500," 16 May 2018 But his basketball days are done, as Montague exhausted his eligibility at Yale. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Yale plays hardball with Jack Montague, expelled hoops star, as reverse discrimination lawsuit continues," 14 May 2018 Damon Arnette and Kendall Sheffield are juniors now, and will have exhausted their eligibility after the 2019 season. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "4-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson, an Ohio State target, visiting Texas with decision looming: Buckeyes football recruiting," 20 Apr. 2018 Compared to the young, telegenic John F. Kennedy, Nixon, who was recovering from illness and exhausted from a weekend spent campaigning, looked pallid and sweaty. Ryan Lintelman, Smithsonian, "In 1968, When Nixon Said “Sock it To Me” on Laugh-In, TV Was Never Quite the Same Again," 19 Jan. 2018 Lydia Night admits she's exhausted, and rightfully so. Abby Jones, Billboard, "The Regrettes' Lydia Night on Festival Season, Helping a Trans Fan & Getting Lin-Manuel Miranda's Approval," 11 June 2018 She was exhausted and a bit sick, but managed to drag herself out of her apartment in Portland to spend the day with her then-girlfriend and two close friends, Marianne and Noah Zuckerman. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Through the death of her father and a battle with mental illness, Mana Shim perseveres," 7 Apr. 2018 An example from my own life experience: A friend of a friend had a fabulous job at a NY investment firm, but he was exhausted with all the travel associated with his work and the daily grind of commuting to New York City from New Jersey. Mark Fadden, star-telegram, "Learning to pivot," 25 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pakenham has had exhaust fumes on the brain at least since Operation Red Dawn, in 2003. Elizabeth Royte, Daily Intelligencer, "George Pakenham is waging a one-man war on air pollution on the Upper West Side.," 10 July 2018 Even Arie, a man whose brain is filled with race car exhaust fumes, remembered his contestants' names. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 3 Recap: Why Is Everyone Getting Injured?," 11 June 2018 The last time Pad 39A saw rocket exhaust was about three months ago, when SpaceX fired off the most powerful operational rocket in the world, the Falcon Heavy. Robin Seemangal, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Test-Fires New Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket Ahead of Maiden Flight (Updated)," 4 May 2018 Motor vehicle exhaust and factory emissions are the primary sources of those pollutants — making a factory-heavy, high-traffic area like metro Detroit a major smog-maker. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit, other Michigan cities violating tighter ozone rules," 1 May 2018 While these pollutants make their way out of most cars running on gasoline, diesel exhaust is a particularly big contributor. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "The Indy 500 is actually super trashy," 21 May 2018 The main visual difference comes from the blue accents around that grille, and on the bumper, where the exhausts usually go. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "BMW's New Electric SUV Looks Shockingly Normal," 25 Apr. 2018 Transportation Department spokeswoman Aurah Landau says the Columbia needed significant repairs that required the manufacturing of new bow thruster exhaust system components. Anchorage Daily News, "Repairs keep Alaska ferry out of service for second week," 7 July 2018 The professor worked for years for a leading German carmaker, developing exhaust gas treatment systems. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Air pollution poses health risk to Houstonians, study finds," 2 July 2018

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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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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 \
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 \

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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