run·​down | \ ˈrən-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce rundown (audio) \

Definition of rundown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an item-by-item report or review : summary
2 : a play in baseball in which a base runner who is caught off base is chased by two or more opposing players who throw the ball from one to another in an attempt to tag the runner out


\ ˈrən-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce run-down (audio) \

Definition of run-down (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : being in poor repair : dilapidated
3 : completely unwound

run down

ran down; run down; running down; runs down

Definition of run down (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to collide with and knock down
b : to run against and cause to sink
2a : to chase to exhaustion or until captured
b : to trace the source of
c : to tag out (a base runner) between bases on a rundown

intransitive verb

1 : to cease to operate because of the exhaustion of motive power the clock ran down
2 : to decline in physical condition or vigor

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Examples of rundown in a Sentence

Noun They gave us a rundown on the main points of the news. a rundown of our public services He was caught in a rundown. Verb finally ran down the answer after hours of research constantly running down the city's cultural life won't do anything to improve it
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the aftermath of World War II, Frank McCloud shows up with a heavy heart at the rundown Key Largo Hotel, a splendid split octagonal design by Beatty that serves as the play’s single set. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Key Largo': Theater Review," 16 Nov. 2019 This rundown will be updated with more tips and recipes as the big day approaches. Washington Post, "How big a turkey should I buy? That and other Thanksgiving FAQs answered.," 12 Nov. 2019 Located on the Western side of the Iron Curtain’s demilitarized border zone, the neighborhood was a rundown frontier precinct. Jonathan Rock Rokem, Quartz, "In Berlin, hyper-gentrification has proved just how fast conflict-torn cities can change," 9 Nov. 2019 At the library: Here’s a rundown of some programs and events during the next week at the North Olmsted Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 27403 Lorain Road, North Olmsted. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Fairview Park Winterfest kicks off holiday season Nov. 29: A Place in the Sun," 6 Nov. 2019 There's plenty more beyond that, though, so have a look at the full rundown below. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: A bunch of Anker chargers and cables are on sale at Amazon today," 5 Nov. 2019 Her boyfriend screeched the car to a halt in front of a rundown house on Northeast Mason Street. oregonlive, "‘Men without faces’ led teen girls down ‘primrose path to hell’ in 1950s Portland prostitution scandal," 3 Nov. 2019 Check back for Sunday’s favorites, as well as a complete rundown of the best dishes, including honorable mentions. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Dominic Armato: Here are the best things I ate at the 2019 azcentral Wine & Food Experience," 2 Nov. 2019 Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of Replay, WIRED's rundown of the most important and interesting news from the world of videogames. Wired, "The Witcher Trailer Is Here—and It's Shockingly Good," 1 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thick black stripes ran down the sides of her matching pants. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Wears the Coolest Blue Suit by Sies Marjan in New York," 28 Oct. 2019 Burns later ran down Minshew from behind late in the fourth quarter, recording a sack and fumble. Steve Reed,, "QB Gardner Minshew provides spark but Jaguars’ defense can’t contain Christian McCaffrey in 34-27 loss at Carolina," 6 Oct. 2019 Burns later ran down Minshew from behind late in the fourth quarter, recording a sack and fumble. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Despite loss, Minshew continues to bring fight for Jaguars," 6 Oct. 2019 Just flip it over, watch the dressing run down, and dig into this veggie-packed mason jar salad. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chickpea Pasta Salad in a Jar," 2 Oct. 2019 Their capital buffers have also been run down and handed to the government. The Economist, "Steven Mnuchin begins reforming America’s giant mortgage-guarantee firms," 14 Sep. 2019 In the first quarter, with the game still scoreless, Oliphant ran down San Leandro’s Markus Clayton after Clayton scooped up a Mustang fumble in the end zone and raced 75 yards. Mike Lefkow, The Mercury News, "Football: Monte Vista unleashes new star while blanking San Leandro," 6 Sep. 2019 The facility had become run down, and Koch put up $100 million for renovations and ongoing maintenance. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "A Different Kind of ‘Right-Wing’," 25 Aug. 2019 Trump and aides ran down the list of actions the White House is considering. Brian Bennett, Time, "'Let's Call Wayne.' Inside the White House Discussions on Guns," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rundown


1908, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1815, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of rundown was in 1686

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19 Nov 2019

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“Rundown.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of rundown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a quick report about the main parts of something
British : a gradual reduction in the size of a business, activity, etc.
baseball : a play in which a runner is chased by two or more opposing players who throw the ball to each other in an attempt to tag the runner out


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English Language Learners Definition of run-down (Entry 2 of 2)

: in very bad condition because of age or lack of care
: in poor health or physical condition : worn-out or exhausted


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Kids Definition of run-down

1 : in poor condition a run-down farm
2 : in poor health

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