Meaning of “exhausting” in the English Dictionary

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"exhausting" in British English

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exhaustingadjective

uk /ɪɡˈzɔː.stɪŋ/ us /ɪɡˈzɑː.stɪŋ/

B2 making you feel extremely tired:

I've had an exhausting day.

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  • Speaking as a mother of four, I can tell you that children are exhausting.
  • It's exhausting commuting from Brighton to London every day.
  • After an exhausting shift at the hospital, she just wanted to get home to bed.
  • We finally arrived at the holiday cottage after an exhausting nine-hour drive.
  • The new director is a very lively character - his constant energy can be quite exhausting at times.

(Definition of “exhausting” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exhausting" in American English

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exhaustingadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɪɡˈzɔ·stɪŋ/

making you feel extremely tired:

The pace of twelve-hour days, seven days a week proved exhausting.

(Definition of “exhausting” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)