run out

ran out; run out; running out; runs out

Definition of run out

intransitive verb

1a : to come to an end : expire time ran out
b : to become exhausted or used up the gasoline ran out
2 : to jut out

transitive verb

1a : to finish out (a course, a series, a contest, etc.) : complete
b of a baseball batter : to run hard to first base after hitting (a batted ball) ran out the grounder
2a : to fill out (a typeset line) with quads, leaders, or ornaments
b : to set (a line of text, such as the first line of a paragraph) with a hanging indention
3 : to exhaust (oneself) in running
4 : to cause to leave by force or coercion : expel
run out of
: to use up the available supply of ran out of time
run out on
: desert

Examples of run out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nichols had run out to a gas station and was walking toward home when he was struck by the speeding BMW. Eileen Kelley,, 7 June 2021 If audiences didn’t improve materially before late 2021, the cash may run out. Simon Moore, Forbes, 3 June 2021 In some provinces that experienced the return of many migrant laborers in India, hospitals have run out of beds. New York Times, 30 May 2021 Health officers have run out of eager vaccine recipients and into government distrust. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 Order ahead of time and pick up some delicious Greek food for this year’s Tremont Greek Fest, run out of the neighborhood’s Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Michael Norman, cleveland, 28 May 2021 Time very well may have run out on the partnership with FC Cincinnati and Locadia, regardless of what the next few weeks hold for both parties. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 27 May 2021 Overall, more than 6,000 stations have run out, Gas Buddy’s Patrick DeHaan says. oregonlive, 26 May 2021 In India's second wave, hospitals have run out of critical care beds, medicine, and supplemental oxygen. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of run out

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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10 Jun 2021

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“Run out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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