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
Recent Examples on the Web There is a ton of exhaustion because of sleep deprivation as well. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Postpartum depression expert explains birth trauma," 20 Oct. 2020 But the fever lasted for several days, then was followed by another 10 or so days of extreme exhaustion. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, "Circle Bar, caught between coronavirus and an expiring lease, ends an era as it closes down," 14 Oct. 2020 But lately, the exhaustion and depression has started to come out sideways. Anchorage Daily News, "Jessica Santos-Rojo, on working, teaching, and parenting at home in the coronavirus crisis," 11 Oct. 2020 Then came a wave of exhaustion, a tiredness limp and bloodless. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote her first piece of fiction since Americanah — read an excerpt," 7 Oct. 2020 Even worse, using all six cores simultaneously drove the chip to the point of exhaustion. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "The best CPU for laptops 2020: We compare Intel vs. AMD," 7 Oct. 2020 Autocrats and authoritarians depend on the amnesia of exhaustion. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "A Bernstein-Lerner Broadway Standard Warns Anew of a White House in Peril," 6 Oct. 2020 Moderate to vigorous activity is ideal, but extreme workouts can cause exhaustion and leave people vulnerable to viral infection. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "'Get off the couch': Fitness promoted as COVID-19 defense," 11 Aug. 2020 Carey also suspects that her mother and her brother wanted to use her mental exhaustion as a pretext to seize control of her business affairs. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why the ‘Free Britney’ Saga Feels So Familiar," 6 Oct. 2020

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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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23 Oct 2020

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“Exhaustion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhaustion. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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exhaustion

noun
How to pronounce exhaustion (audio)

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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