Definition of exhaustion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɔːstʃən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɔːstʃən//
    [uncountable] Tiredness
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  1. 1the state of being very tired suffering from physical/mental/nervous exhaustion Her face was grey with exhaustion. See related entries: Tiredness
  2. 2(formal) the act of using something until it is completely finished the exhaustion of natural resources
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from late Latin exhaustio(n-), from Latin exhaurire ‘drain out’, from ex- ‘out’ + haurire ‘draw (water), drain’.Extra examples He fell silent, with his head bowed in exhaustion. He was hollow-eyed and seemed very close to exhaustion. Never had she felt such utter exhaustion. She was faint with exhaustion. She was taken to hospital suffering from exhaustion. Suddenly a wave of exhaustion hit him. The rowers were nearing exhaustion. They have been pushed to the brink of exhaustion. Two of the horses collapsed with exhaustion. driven to the point of complete exhaustion
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