What does exhaustion mean?

Definitions for exhaustion
ɪgˈzɔs tʃənex·haus·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exhaustionnoun

    extreme fatigue

  2. debilitation, enervation, enfeeblement, exhaustionnoun

    serious weakening and loss of energy

  3. exhaustionnoun

    the act of exhausting something entirely


  1. exhaustionnoun

    The point of complete depletion, of the state of being used up.

    We worked the mine to exhaustion, there's nothing left to extract.

  2. exhaustionnoun

    Supreme tiredness; having exhausted energy.

    I ran in the marathon to exhaustion, then I collapsed and had to be carried away.

  3. exhaustionnoun

    The removal (by percolation etc) of an active medicinal constituent from plant material

  4. exhaustionnoun

    The removal of all air from a vessel (the creation of a vacuum)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Exhaustionnoun

    The act of drawing or draining.

    Etymology: from exhaust.


  1. Exhaustion

    Fatigue describes a state of tiredness or exhaustion. In general usage, fatigue often follows prolonged physical or mental activity. When fatigue occurs independently of physical or mental exertion, or does not resolve after rest or sleep, it may have other causes, such as a medical condition.Fatigue (in a medical context) often has no known cause, and is recognised as being complex in nature. Fatigue may be associated with conditions of chronic pain such as fibromyalgia, and with many other conditions, including autoimmune diseases. It can also be associated with mental disorders such as depression.Fatigue (in the general usage sense of normal tiredness) can include both physical and mental fatigue. Physical fatigue results from muscle fatigue brought about by intense physical activity. Mental fatigue results from prolonged periods of cognitive activity which impairs cognitive ability. Mental fatigue can manifest as sleepiness, lethargy, or directed attention fatigue. Mental fatigue can also impair physical performance.


  1. exhaustion

    Exhaustion refers to a state of extreme physical or mental fatigue. It often results from prolonged periods of physical activity, mental exertiveness, or stress, among other factors. In medical terms, it can be a symptom of a variety of illnesses or health conditions. It is often characterized by a lack of energy, headaches, decreased productivity, and a weakened immune system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exhaustionnoun

    the act of draining out or draining off; the act of emptying completely of the contents

  2. Exhaustionnoun

    the state of being exhausted or emptied; the state of being deprived of strength or spirits

  3. Exhaustionnoun

    an ancient geometrical method in which an exhaustive process was employed. It was nearly equivalent to the modern method of limits

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. exhaustion.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exhaustion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exhaustion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of exhaustion in a Sentence

  1. Michael Mann:

    The elderly and those with pre-existent conditions, such as asthma and heart failure, are likely to face declining health due to exacerbation of their conditions due to weather, heat exhaustion and stroke, dehydration, migraines, loss of sleep and mood alteration can all occur due to dangerous heat. Historical data shows that more people are likely to be involved in vehicle crashes due to heat-related impacts, such as decreased ability to concentrate, the poor quality of sleep they get and impaired mood, etc.

  2. Stanford University.Linda Darling-Hammond:

    There's fear about the safety of coming back in person, particularly in places where the mitigation strategies have not been well used in schools and where things are opening up, people are getting rid of mask mandates and things like that sooner than everyone is vaccinated. So I think those are the things that are causing exhaustion and the fear that is driving a lot of teachers out.

  3. Brett Schaefer:

    What this reveals is donor exhaustion, part of the issue is that in the past, these crises were of short duration. Now we have semi-permanentrefugee camps. This is the world we are in: We have allowed so many situations to fester.

  4. Parveen Garg:

    We know a few prime risk factors that are very important, such as obesity, high blood pressure and smoking, but it doesn't explain everything about why we get this condition, we're drawing a link between exhaustion and atrial fibrillation which really hasn't been described before.

  5. James Campbell:

    COVID-19 has exposed the cost of this systemic lack of safeguards for the health, safety and wellbeing of health workers. In the first 18 months of the pandemic, about 115,500 health workers died from COVID-19, sickness absence and exhaustion exacerbated pre-existing shortages of health workers and undermined the capacities of health systems to respond to the increased demand for care and prevention during the crisis.

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