January 24, 2013
- exhaust (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : to use up completely b : to use up all of the mental or physical energy of2 a : to draw off or let out completely b : to empty by drawing something from3 : to try out all of
- How do you use it?
- Alex had exhausted all of the possible ways he could get to lacrosse practice, except one: his grandmother, who was happy to oblige.
- Are you a word wiz?
We hope you haven't exhausted all of your mental energy today because we have a quiz for you. Which of these words do you think means about the same thing as "exhaust"?Sit back and rest while we tell you why A is the right answer. "Deplete," "exhaust," "impoverish," and "bankrupt" all mean to deprive of something essential to existence or potency. "Deplete" implies a reduction in number or quantity so as to endanger the ability to function, as in "inhabitants depleted the natural resources." "Exhaust" stresses a complete emptying, as in "her lecture exhausted the subject." "Impoverish" suggests a loss of something essential to richness or productiveness, such as "the farming method impoverished the soil." And "bankrupt" suggests impoverishment to the point of imminent collapse, as in "misguided policies bankrupted the area of resources."