Definition of exhausted in US English:



  • 1Drained of one's physical or mental resources; very tired.

    ‘I was cold and exhausted’
    ‘she returned home, exhausted from her day in the city’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Think of the exhausted nurse working long hours in unacceptable conditions dealing with angry and often confused patients.’
    • ‘At this very moment, exhausted art students in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen are putting the final touches to their degree show exhibits.’
    • ‘Two years ago, he could barely swim 12 lengths of his local swimming pool and would drag himself totally exhausted from the water.’
    • ‘After about three hours of walking we arrived, exhausted and thirsty, to one of the most breathtaking sights I've ever seen.’
    • ‘I went to bed at about 1.00 am, exhausted and craving sleep.’
    • ‘They ran as far as they could, before they collapsed onto the field and panted like exhausted dogs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As he slept, exhausted prisoners lying alongside him fought for breath and invariably by morning, some had died.’
    • ‘In the eighth round Ali was able to knock down his exhausted opponent, who failed to get up to make the count.’
    • ‘Everest is littered with the bodies of climbers whose exhausted companions had not had the strength to pull them off the mountain.’
    • ‘I'm feeling permanently exhausted and strung out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Forest fires flared up again in Portugal just hours after 27 infernos were declared extinguished by more than 3,600 exhausted firefighters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I will not ignore the messenger that stumbles in exhausted and obviously agitated.’
    • ‘Eventually the exhausted, undernourished dog found the cage and waited.’
    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.

    ‘Karl spat, his patience suddenly exhausted’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And by 1947 Europe had largely exhausted its dollar reserves.’
    • ‘He stressed it was vital to avoid repeating the Canadian experience when years of overfishing exhausted cod stocks in the Grand Banks off Newfoundland.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The Nazis' military reserves may be exhausted, their propaganda reserves are far from exhausted.’
    • ‘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.’
    used up, at an end, consumed, finished, spent, depleted
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