exhaustion

noun

ex·​haus·​tion ig-ˈzȯs-chən How to pronounce exhaustion (audio)
: the act or process of exhausting : the state of being exhausted

Example Sentences

He worked to the point of complete exhaustion. the exhaustion of our natural resources
Recent Examples on the Web And just after Bruce Brown’s floater glanced in off the backboard to beat the third-quarter buzzer, Wenyen Gabriel walked off the court with both of his hands on his head in total exhaustion. Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2023 An action sequence that, by the end, TikTok users can no longer recreate in their homes but will still watch in happy exhaustion. Chris Willman, Variety, 9 Jan. 2023 Boredom is a culprit in travel exhaustion, says mindfulness instructor Linda Price of Minding Your Mind, a mental health education nonprofit. Natalie B. Compton, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Jan. 2023 However, if your year has felt like a whirlwind that skipped from January to December in the blink of an eye, maybe instead of festive feelings, your range of emotion is rooted in exhaustion or even burnout. Bianca Lambert, Essence, 15 Dec. 2022 Someone else is lying on a plaid bedspread, eyes closed in exaggerated exhaustion. Sophie Haigney, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2022 According to the letter, the rising demand for air travel as the industry begins to bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic, and cancellation chaos brought about by severe weather, were among the reasons for the increase in pilot exhaustion. Abbas Al Lawati And Adam Pourahmadi, CNN, 22 Aug. 2022 Masatora Kawano of Japan, the silver medalist, had collapsed onto the track in exhaustion after crossing the finish line. oregonlive, 24 July 2022 In Once a Runner, Quenton Cassidy bends over in exhaustion after winning the Millrose Games. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 17 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exhaustion was in 1615

Dictionary Entries Near exhaustion

Cite this Entry

“Exhaustion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhaustion. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

exhaustion

noun
ex·​haus·​tion ig-ˈzȯs-chən How to pronounce exhaustion (audio)
1
: the act of exhausting
2
: the state of being exhausted

Medical Definition

exhaustion

noun
ex·​haus·​tion ig-ˈzȯs-chən How to pronounce exhaustion (audio)
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

Legal Definition

exhaustion

noun
ex·​haus·​tion
: the act or process of exhausting
even after the exhaustion of direct appellate reviewW. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel
specifically : exhaustion of remedies

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