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
3 : disparage

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 Once a rundown building, Camden Prep is now the highest performing school in the area. Meg Oliver, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2021 Here's a rundown of their ranks and their streams in the Sept. 3-9 tracking week. Gary Trust, Billboard, 14 Sep. 2021 Jamie provides a rundown of how to bike the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail. oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2021 Javier Baez caught the throw from catcher Patrick Mazeika, looked Pollock back to third and tagged Bellinger after a brief rundown for the third out, with Pollock never breaking for home. Mike Digiovanna Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2021 As of Friday afternoon, the rundown lists closings ranging from Aug. 19 to May 19. Shauna Stuart |, al, 20 Aug. 2021 The Chronicle has a rundown for Bay Area residents on the ins and outs of boosters. Rita Beamish, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Aug. 2021 Before moving back to Utah from the East Coast, Calen Smith requested a rundown of fees from the property management company that approved him to rent an apartment. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Aug. 2021 Know your redistricting: Balmert also has a rundown on Tuesday on nuances for the state’s new redistricting process, including which major cities can be split and which can’t. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The shepherd falls ill, and as he is nursed by his companions, the dripping of water into his mouth from a cloth mimics the rivulets of water that run down the cave walls and collect in little pools on it natural platforms. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 4 Sep. 2021 But in the background, since Barack Obama announced the US was leaving in 2014, the clock of American patience would always eventually run down to zero. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 The bedrooms and two bathrooms run down one side of the house while the rest of the space is taken up mostly by the large, open kitchen and an adjacent living area. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 28 June 2021 Everybody here can easily run down the litany of attacks the Hazaras of Dasht-e Barchi have suffered over the years. New York Times, 9 May 2021 Here's a run down of what to know about the new eviction freeze and available federal rent aid. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 7 Aug. 2021 Rizzo, who has 14 home runs and a .792 OPS this season, and Gallo signal that the club will try to mash its way past the Mariners and A’s into playoff positioning – if not run down the Red Sox. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 It’s peak peach season, which means it’s prime time to eat ripe ones by the basket, fresh, still warm from the sun, over the sink, letting the fuzz tickle your nose as the juices run down your forearms. Washington Post, 24 July 2021 Here's a quick run down of the details on this evening's weak tornado in Somers, CT. Christine Dempsey,, 19 July 2021

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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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20 Sep 2021

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“Rundown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rundown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a quick report about the main parts of something
: a gradual reduction in the size of a business, activity, etc.
: 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



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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