ex·haus·tion | \ ig-ˈzȯs-chən \

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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There is no malice on either side — merely exhaustion and a bit of sadness over Dillon’s horrible behavior. refinery29.com, "TV Loves Calling Out Cheaters Right Now," 10 July 2018 Miller’s players attended class, poured sweat through his marathon practices, and collapsed into their dorm room twin beds from exhaustion. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "Kenrich Williams and the NBA Draft's Most Interesting Haircut," 20 June 2018 With the Greek flag in one hand and ice across his face, runner Argyrios Papathanasopoulos fell to his knees in exhaustion and celebration after winning the North Pole Marathon, the northernmost race on Earth. Anchorage Daily News, "Dozens of runners brave the cold for North Pole Marathon on ice cap," 17 Apr. 2018 The price of a barrel, which Saudis had projected to remain at at least $100 a barrel, had fallen to $50, and immense cash reserves stood a few years from exhaustion. Karl Vick, Time, "The Saudi Crown Prince Thinks He Can Transform the Middle East. Should We Believe Him?," 5 Apr. 2018 The mamuthones double over in exhaustion, several falling to their knees and gasping for air. Eliot Stein, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Pagan Exorcism in Sardinia," 29 Mar. 2018 Producer Martin Butler and his son, Davis Butler, edited more than 500 hours of footage into 135 minutes to capture the exhilaration, pain and exhaustion of an event that has been staged every year since 1982. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Movie recounts baseball broadcaster's gutsy, harrowing bike race across America," 18 May 2018 As Ali's children lift him into bed, his face crumples in pain and exhaustion. John Wendle, Scientific American, "The Ominous Story of Syria's Climate Refugees," 17 Dec. 2015 But somewhere around the 15th or 16th, the mood shifts again—from a combination of collective exhaustion and strategic necessity, this is when the game gets weird. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "The Rays and Marlins Played An Incredibly Strange Game on Tuesday Night," 4 July 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 \

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 \

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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