- to drain of strength or energy, wear out, or fatigue greatly, as a person: I have exhausted myself working.
- to use up or consume completely; expend the whole of: He exhausted a fortune in stock-market speculation.
- to draw out all that is essential in (a subject, topic, etc.); treat or study thoroughly.
- to empty by drawing out the contents: to exhaust a tank of fuel oil.
- to create a vacuum in.
- to draw out or drain off completely.
- to deprive wholly of useful or essential properties, possessions, resources, etc.
- Chemistry, Pharmacology. to deprive of ingredients by the use of solvents, as a drug.
- to destroy the fertility of (soil), as by intensive cultivation.
- to pass out or escape, as spent steam from the cylinder of an engine.
- the escape of steam or gases from the cylinder of an engine.
- the steam or gases ejected.
- Also called exhaust system. the parts of an engine through which the exhaust is ejected.
Origin of exhaust
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for exhausted
For me and some of my students, 2014 was the year of rediscovering old resources whose value is not exhausted yet.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
This breach is an extraordinary emotional drag on the exhausted population.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
As I forced my exhausted body to exercise, I yelled at my legs like a drill sergeant, demanding five more minutes or one more set.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
She is genuinely concerned, of course, that you look so exhausted and old.How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
November 26, 2014
Molendorp is exhausted by the “constant purity exams” being conducted by his fellow party members.Abortion in Missouri Is the Wait of a Lifetime
November 12, 2014
Exhausted in mind and body, she could not long endure this tide of recollection.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
We have endured much from them, and I must say that my patience is exhausted.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
She did not weep: long ago she had exhausted the relief of tears.Within the Law
But Mr. Thomson's contributions may fairly be said to have exhausted the "romance" of the road.De Libris: Prose and Verse
But Fortune had not yet exhausted her malice against the hapless Athenians.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
- to drain the energy of; tire outto exhaust someone by constant questioning
- to deprive of resources, etca nation exhausted by war
- to deplete totally; expend; consumeto exhaust food supplies
- to empty (a container) by drawing off or pumping out (the contents)
- to develop or discuss thoroughly so that no further interest remainsto exhaust a topic of conversation
- to remove gas from (a vessel, etc) in order to reduce the pressure or create a vacuum; evacuate
- to remove or use up the active ingredients from (a drug, solution, etc)
- to destroy the fertility of (soil) by excessive cultivation
- (intr) (of steam or other gases) to be emitted or to escape from an engine after being expanded
- gases ejected from an engine as waste products
- the expulsion of expanded gas or steam from an engine
- (as modifier)exhaust stroke
- the parts of an engine through which the exhausted gases or steam pass
- (as modifier)exhaust valve; exhaust pipe
Word Origin and History for exhausted
mid-17c., "consumed, used up;" of persons, "tired out," past participle adjective from exhaust (v.). Related: Exhaustedly.
"waste gas," 1848, originally from steam engines, from exhaust (v.). In reference to internal combustion engines by 1896.