exhaustion

noun
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

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But despite the distractions and exhaustion, the court notice sent a jolt through her system. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Lawsuits take aim at Wayne County's controversial Action Before Auction program," 3 Sep. 2019 The combination of dehydration, hunger, exhaustion, and her fear of the dark causes Trisha to hallucinate. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Another Stephen King novel is getting made into a movie," 21 Aug. 2019 Symptoms of plague include fever, extreme exhaustion, headache, chills, vomiting, and swollen lymph glands, among other signs. Fox News, "Plague kills off Colorado prairie dog colony, state officials say," 16 Aug. 2019 And the combination of exhaustion, stress and debilitating illness impairs the quality of their caregiving, forcing many to resign their caregiver roles, only to never fully recover. Bobby Antalek, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Bay Area caregivers will become casualties without needed support," 15 Aug. 2019 The complaint involved a pretzel, long lines, an unhappy 3-year-old and exhaustion, but the bottom line was that millennials were to blame. Hannah Sampson, The Denver Post, "Are childless millennials ruining Disney theme parks? Debate erupts online.," 28 July 2019 However, the medications failed to eliminate the seizures and caused a host of side effects, including exhaustion, depression and dizziness. Daily Pilot, "A young woman can now live long and prosper, after brain surgery cures her of seizures," 16 July 2019 Symptoms can include exhaustion, fatigue, poor mental functioning (dizziness, confusion, irritability), nausea, vomiting, and fainting. Scott Lear, Quartzy, "The best ways to exercise in summer heat," 12 July 2019 Many of us expect that taking a holiday will be enough to cure the exhaustion, stress, and negative feelings that characterize burnout. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Going on vacation won’t cure your burnout," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of exhaustion

1615, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exhaustion was in 1615

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exhaustion

noun

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

exhaustion

noun
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

exhaustion

noun
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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exhaustion

noun
ex·​haus·​tion

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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