January 25, 2018
exhaust (verb)
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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?
"There was to be a Nativity scene, and she assigned us parts. Joseph, the three kings, and some shepherds just about exhausted the supply of boys." (Richard Peck, _A Year Down Yonder_)
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."
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