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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Faces that were hopeful, even excited, that morning went slack with exhaustion. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Along with depersonalisation and emotional exhaustion, it’s one of the three primary signs of burnout. Anna Codrea-rado, refinery29.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Monitoring stress and workloads, proactively dealing with exhaustion and putting yourself in the shoes of others through empathetic conversations also help build trust and create stability in a highly volatile external environment. Kumar Parakala, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 His publicist later says Asner was diagnosed with exhaustion. CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 Paramedics arrived with a stretcher and carried out an elderly survivor who was overcome with exhaustion and needed to be hospitalized. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 Those who deal with this exhaustion, according to the poll, are 63 percent more likely to take a sick day, 13 percent less confident in their overall performance and 23 percent more likely to end up making a visit to the emergency room. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 24 June 2021 Their frustrations could signal what’s to come across the region, as countries juggle a desperate need for austerity with citizens’ exhaustion. Steven Grattan, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 May 2021 Suffering from insomnia can be debilitating, leading to nights spent awake and days filled with exhaustion. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of exhaustion

1615, in the meaning defined above

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12 Oct 2021

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“Exhaustion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhaustion. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce exhaustion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce exhaustion (audio) \

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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