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exhausting

[ig-zaw-sting] /ɪgˈzɔ stɪŋ/
adjective
1.
producing or tending to produce fatigue, weariness, or the like:
an exhausting day; an exhausting child.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; exhaust + -ing2
Related forms
exhaustingly, adverb

exhaust

[ig-zawst] /ɪgˈzɔst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to drain of strength or energy, wear out, or fatigue greatly, as a person:
I have exhausted myself working.
2.
to use up or consume completely; expend the whole of:
He exhausted a fortune in stock-market speculation.
3.
to draw out all that is essential in (a subject, topic, etc.); treat or study thoroughly.
4.
to empty by drawing out the contents:
to exhaust a tank of fuel oil.
5.
to create a vacuum in.
6.
to draw out or drain off completely.
7.
to deprive wholly of useful or essential properties, possessions, resources, etc.
8.
Chemistry, Pharmacology. to deprive of ingredients by the use of solvents, as a drug.
9.
to destroy the fertility of (soil), as by intensive cultivation.
verb (used without object)
10.
to pass out or escape, as spent steam from the cylinder of an engine.
noun, Machinery
11.
the escape of steam or gases from the cylinder of an engine.
12.
the steam or gases ejected.
13.
Also called exhaust system. the parts of an engine through which the exhaust is ejected.
Origin
1515-25; 1895-1900 for def 11; < Latin exhaustus emptied out, drained out, past participle of exhaurīre
Related forms
exhauster, noun
exhaustible, adjective
exhaustibility, noun
multiexhaust, noun
nonexhausted, adjective
nonexhaustible, adjective
preexhaust, verb (used with object)
unexhausted, adjective
unexhaustedly, adverb
Synonyms
1. tire, enervate, prostrate, debilitate. 2. waste, squander, dissipate. 4. void. 12. fumes, smoke, vapor.
Antonyms
1. strengthen, invigorate. 4. fill.
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Examples for exhausting
  • Preparations on the day of the event were almost as exhausting as growing and making the food all summer.
  • It can be exhausting knowing everyone's business, and she makes a point of forgetting everything after each reading.
  • Evidently, he does not, judging from his behaviour in driving animals to extinction and exhausting his supply of materials.
  • Trying to hide pain is exhausting, as you likely know from the days when you try to make it without the cane despite needing it.
  • Most of our backcountry experience consisted of hours of exhausting climbing and only minute-long rides.
  • Even for the gringos, who mostly sat and watched, the vigil was exhausting.
  • He found teaching to be exhausting rather than refreshing.
  • But his exhausting shuttle between two colleges was about to come to an end.
  • Interviewers may be tired to start out with, and interviewing a steady stream of candidates can be exhausting.
  • Your time on campus can be a rigorous, intense, and exhausting experience.
British Dictionary definitions for exhausting

exhaust

/ɪɡˈzɔːst/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to drain the energy of; tire out to exhaust someone by constant questioning
2.
to deprive of resources, etc a nation exhausted by war
3.
to deplete totally; expend; consume to exhaust food supplies
4.
to empty (a container) by drawing off or pumping out (the contents)
5.
to develop or discuss thoroughly so that no further interest remains to exhaust a topic of conversation
6.
to remove gas from (a vessel, etc) in order to reduce the pressure or create a vacuum; evacuate
7.
to remove or use up the active ingredients from (a drug, solution, etc)
8.
to destroy the fertility of (soil) by excessive cultivation
9.
(intransitive) (of steam or other gases) to be emitted or to escape from an engine after being expanded
noun
10.
gases ejected from an engine as waste products
11.
  1. the expulsion of expanded gas or steam from an engine
  2. (as modifier) exhaust stroke
12.
  1. the parts of an engine through which the exhausted gases or steam pass
  2. (as modifier) exhaust valve, exhaust pipe
Derived Forms
exhausted, adjective
exhauster, noun
exhaustible, adjective
exhaustibility, noun
exhausting, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exhaustus made empty, from exhaurīre to draw out, from haurīre to draw, drain
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Word Origin and History for exhausting

exhaust

v.

1530s, "to draw off or out, to use up completely," from Latin exhaustus, past participle of exhaurire "draw off, take away, use up," from ex- "off" (see ex-) + haurire "to draw up" (as water), from PIE *aus- "to draw water." Of resources, etc., from 1630s. Related: Exhausted; exhausting.

n.

"waste gas," 1848, originally from steam engines, from exhaust (v.). In reference to internal combustion engines by 1896.

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