run down

verb

Definition of run down

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to collide with and knock downb :  to run against and cause to sink

  3. 2a :  to chase to exhaustion or until capturedb :  to trace the source ofc :  to tag out (a base runner) between bases on a rundown

  4. 3 :  disparage

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to cease to operate because of the exhaustion of motive power the clock ran down

  7. 2 :  to decline in physical condition or vigor

Examples of run down in a Sentence

  1. finally ran down the answer after hours of research

  2. constantly running down the city's cultural life won't do anything to improve it

First Known Use of run down

1686



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