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Definition of exhaust verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    exhaust

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɔːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɔːst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exhaust
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɔːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɔːst//
     
    he / she / it exhausts
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɔːsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɔːsts//
     
    past simple exhausted
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɔːstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɔːstɪd//
     
    past participle exhausted
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɔːstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɔːstɪd//
     
    -ing form exhausting
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɔːstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɔːstɪŋ//
     
    Tiredness
     
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  1. 1to make somebody feel very tired synonym wear out exhaust somebody Even a short walk exhausted her. exhaust yourself There's no need to exhaust yourself clearing up—we'll do it. See related entries: Tiredness
  2. 2exhaust something to use all of something so that there is none left Within three days they had exhausted their supply of food. Don't give up until you have exhausted all the possibilities.
  3. 3exhaust something to talk about or study a subject until there is nothing else to say about it I think we've exhausted that particular topic.
  4. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘draw off or out’): from Latin exhaust- ‘drained out’, from the verb exhaurire, from ex- ‘out’ + haurire ‘draw (water), drain’.Extra examples The experience had exhausted her physically and emotionally. The funds are nearly exhausted. The swimming had completely exhausted him. Their limited resources were quickly exhausted. Don’t give up until you have exhausted all the possibilities. There’s no need to exhaust yourself cleaning up — we’ll do it. They had exhausted their food supply.
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