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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To avoid voter exhaustion with so many proposals, some members of the board may choose to hit the pause button, eventually. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF launches sweeping review of city’s business taxes," 3 July 2019 Even senior leaders who theoretically love their jobs are by no means immune from the risks of burnout and general exhaustion. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Why it’s so dangerous when star employees check out," 2 July 2019 Henry Thurlow, an American animator living and working in Japan, told BuzzFeed News he has been hospitalized multiple times due to illness brought on by exhaustion. Eric Margolis, Vox, "The dark side of Japan’s anime industry," 2 July 2019 The Baltimore Police union on Wednesday advised its members to begin sharing any feelings of exhaustion with their supervisors — and documenting the response — amid ongoing personnel shortages in patrol. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Amid patrol shortage, Baltimore police union tells officers to flag exhaustion with supervisors," 27 June 2019 As Simon Reynolds has observed, British culture’s twenty-first-century obsession with revivals and remakes may indicate a deeper creative exhaustion. Longreads, "Manic Street Preachers’ Album The Holy Bible," 25 June 2019 Despite never coming true, predictions of impending resource exhaustion remain a great, recyclable excuse for massive government intervention. George Will, National Review, "The Scarcity Scam," 13 June 2019 For more on exhaustion: Now, see how skin care has evolved within the last 100 years: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Alice Gregory, Allure, "I Got Fillers for My Chronic Undereye Circles, and the Results Were Impressive," 28 Apr. 2019 Helicopter parenting, along with high expectations and a societal repugnance to the possibility of failure, contributes to what American high schools have become: petri dishes of high stress and exhaustion. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Helicopter Parenting Is Usually More Subtle Than Paying for Kids to Get Into School," 22 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of exhaustion

1615, in the meaning defined above

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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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