Definition of exhausted in English:



  • 1Very tired.

    ‘she returned home, exhausted from work’
    • ‘As the convoy arrived at the dock, the lorry doors opened and the exhausted, terrified lambs poured out, trying desperately to stay upright and avoid trampling each other.’
    • ‘I'm feeling permanently exhausted and strung out.’
    • ‘Eventually the exhausted, undernourished dog found the cage and waited.’
    • ‘I went to bed at about 1.00 am, exhausted and craving sleep.’
    • ‘After about three hours of walking we arrived, exhausted and thirsty, to one of the most breathtaking sights I've ever seen.’
    • ‘In the eighth round Ali was able to knock down his exhausted opponent, who failed to get up to make the count.’
    • ‘Young people you'd see in a bar, in a club, on the beach and not realise they were part of an exhausted dedicated team of Doctors and Nurses who were on Cardiac call eighteen hours a day.’
    • ‘At 10.30 pm, some ten and a half hours after first hooking the salmon and in complete darkness, the exhausted angler felt that the fish was finally tiring.’
    • ‘As he slept, exhausted prisoners lying alongside him fought for breath and invariably by morning, some had died.’
    • ‘They ran as far as they could, before they collapsed onto the field and panted like exhausted dogs.’
    • ‘At this very moment, exhausted art students in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen are putting the final touches to their degree show exhibits.’
    • ‘Think of the exhausted nurse working long hours in unacceptable conditions dealing with angry and often confused patients.’
    • ‘Two years ago, he could barely swim 12 lengths of his local swimming pool and would drag himself totally exhausted from the water.’
    • ‘I think I'm more exhausted than Zoe is and I'm looking forward to getting on the plane home, but it's difficult not to feel a shiver of childlike delight in the magic of it all.’
    • ‘I will not ignore the messenger that stumbles in exhausted and obviously agitated.’
    • ‘Forest fires flared up again in Portugal just hours after 27 infernos were declared extinguished by more than 3,600 exhausted firefighters.’
    • ‘After the concrete drain was uncovered the fire crew used specialist cutting equipment and a Kango hammer to smash their way to the exhausted dog.’
    • ‘Tom is soon so weary and exhausted that he cannot even read his Bible, and he draws it out of his pocket one night and attempts to read it as his meager corn cake is cooking.’
    • ‘Here the survival of young children and exhausted parents often cannot wait for the ANC government's policy of long-term delivery of growth and employment.’
    • ‘Everest is littered with the bodies of climbers whose exhausted companions had not had the strength to pull them off the mountain.’
    tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spent
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  • 2(of resources or reserves) completely used up.

    ‘Kirov spat, his patience suddenly exhausted’
    • ‘In excised roots, the endogenous sugars were rapidly exhausted and significant degradation of protein was observed.’
    • ‘But how could Germany be defended when its reserves of fighting men were almost exhausted?’
    • ‘He stressed it was vital to avoid repeating the Canadian experience when years of overfishing exhausted cod stocks in the Grand Banks off Newfoundland.’
    • ‘The Nazis' military reserves may be exhausted, their propaganda reserves are far from exhausted.’
    • ‘And by 1947 Europe had largely exhausted its dollar reserves.’
    • ‘Reserve replacement may sound a bit arcane, but it's a basic measurement of how well an oil company is safeguarding its future by finding new oilfields to replace its exhausted ones.’
    • ‘At the end of each attack, if the stock is not exhausted, all players with fewer than 5 cards remaining must draw sufficient cards from the stock to bring their hands up to five cards.’
    used up, at an end, consumed, finished, spent, depleted
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    1. 2.1 (of a place) no longer productive as a result of being drained of resources.
      ‘exhausted peat workings’
      • ‘The new generation of windmills is going up on former rangeland, exhausted oil fields, reclaimed coal mines and old farms.’
      • ‘Many people are working on small amounts of exhausted land.’
      • ‘We thank the exhausted earth for bearing our weight and for tolerating the assault we have put her through.’
      • ‘The industry has so far proved adept at making new discoveries to replace exhausted oil and gas fields.’
      • ‘The American environmental architect has been hired to transform exhausted mines into landscape features.’
      • ‘Charles II, considering it hopeless to continue the war in an impoverished and exhausted land, led a Scots royalist army into England.’
      unproductive, barren, unyielding, unfruitful, uncultivatable
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