ex·​haus·​tion | \ig-ˈzȯs-chən \

Definition of exhaustion 

: the act or process of exhausting : the state of being exhausted

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Examples of exhaustion in a Sentence

He worked to the point of complete exhaustion. the exhaustion of our natural resources

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Brian Thompson said a Hartford firefighter was transported to the hospital to be treated for exhaustion, but there were no other immediate reports of injuries. Shawn R. Beals, courant.com, "Fire Severely Damages Two Residential Buildings In Hartford; No Injuries Reported," 9 June 2018 His lawyer, David Rudolf, is every bit his talkative match, combining a competitive drive with a very human sense of exhaustion and frustration as the case grinds on. Maureen Ryan, New York Times, "‘The Staircase’ on Netflix Revisits a Genre-Defining Trial," 7 June 2018 Though there will be a lot of sleepy souls wandering about Belle Isle this weekend, those who overcome that exhaustion and grind out a successful doubleheader can put themselves in prime championship position. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Power's surge, Hinchcliffe's return, clarity on Alonso as IndyCar heads to Detroit," 31 May 2018 To be sure, Jim Crow slithered in, as Northern exhaustion and indifference ended Congressional Reconstruction in 1877. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 In one iconic photograph, commuters can be seen on a bus, slumped over in exhaustion. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "David Goldblatt, the South African Photographer Who Documented Life Under Apartheid, Has Died at 87," 27 June 2018 So yes: At this point, exhaustion would probably be defensible. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Rachel Bloom Has a Lot to Say," 13 June 2018 And then the Putnams and Aunt Lydia apparently give into exhaustion, leaving Janine with the child. Rena Gross, Billboard, "10 Surprises From 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 8 'Women's Work'," 6 June 2018 His Hall of Fame credentials will be discussed in exhaustion over the next several years. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley plans to retire at end of the 2018 season," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of exhaustion

1615, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of exhaustion

: the state of being extremely tired : the state of being exhausted

: the act of using all of something : the act of exhausting something


ex·​haus·​tion | \ig-ˈzȯs-chən \

Kids Definition of exhaustion

1 : the condition of being very tired

2 : the act of using up completely exhaustion of a water supply


ex·​haus·​tion | \ig-ˈzȯs-chən \

Medical Definition of exhaustion 

1 : the act or process of exhausting : the state of being exhausted suffered from physical and mental exhaustion — see heat exhaustion

2 : neurosis following overstrain or overexertion especially in military combat

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Legal Definition of exhaustion 

: the act or process of exhausting even after the exhaustion of direct appellate review— W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel specifically : exhaustion of remedies

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obstinately defiant of authority

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