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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After playing two hours of hockey at the Pilgrim Skating Arena in Hingham on Monday nights, Kevin Schiffman typically comes home, airs out all of his sweaty gear, grabs a water, and then falls into bed out of sheer exhaustion. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "#PutYourSticksOut: People are placing hockey sticks outside to remember young Canadians killed in crash," 10 Apr. 2018 The British and French were at the point of exhaustion after four years of constant slaughter, but Gen. John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force, wanted to turn the German retreat into a rout. Arthur Herman, WSJ, "The Danger of Rushing Into Peace," 11 Nov. 2018 One had been shot in the head and the other, an elderly woman, apparently died of exhaustion. Fox News, "Syrian forces press offensive despite IS threats to hostages," 31 July 2018 The type of exhaustion those with chronic illness deal with affects both the body and mind, often leaving us feeling weak and foggy. Caitlin Flynn, Allure, "7 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone With a Chronic or Invisible Illness," 16 Oct. 2018 Tired Spongebob Nothing sums up our end-of-year exhaustion better like an out-of-breath Spongebob Squarepants. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "22 Memes That Made 2018 Less Horrible," 17 Dec. 2018 Plus, it can be accompanied by fatigue and exhaustion. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Here Are All The Signs That You Might Have Mono AKA “The Kissing Disease”," 29 Nov. 2018 Take, for example, this shot of a pallid-looking Steven Crain and his father at a funeral home: Netflix The washed-out color amplifies the sense of sadness and exhaustion. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House uses color to underscore its horror," 26 Oct. 2018 The picture was posted Saturday by mayoral candidate and Black Lives Matter activist Ja’Mal Green, who blamed the officers' seeming exhaustion on mandatory overtime ordered my Emanuel. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "Chicago police chief blames city violence on lenient judges and prosecutors," 21 Aug. 2018

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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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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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