run·​down | \ ˈrən-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of rundown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : 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
2 : an item-by-item report or review : summary


\ ˈrən-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of run-down (Entry 2 of 3)

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

run 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


They gave us a rundown on the main points of the news. a rundown of our public services He was caught in a rundown.


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

The Mariners gave an updated medical report on Tuivailala, who suffered a right achilles injury on August 8 while chasing a baserunner in a rundown. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners reliever Sam Tuivailala not expected to return till sometime during the 2019 regular season," 20 Aug. 2018 Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett even remembers Suarez blowing a gigantic bubble while caught in a rundown. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Eugenio Suarez Can Run, Hit, Throw and Chew Gum at the Same Time," 2 Aug. 2018 Not quite out of the woods, the Brewers found their game-ending out when McDugle was caught in a rundown between second and third base, leading to a 1-6-5 tag out in front of the third-base bag. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Brewers upend unbeaten Giants 4-3 in suspenseful Bronco Division game," 2 May 2018 Here’s a rundown: The Land and Water Conservation Fund: This popular conservation fund, which was enacted in 1964 and funds state grants and federal land acquisition, expired on Sept. 30. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Border Wall Fight Overshadows Other Policy Battles in Congress," 2 Dec. 2018 Here's a complete rundown: Power Tools Porter-Cable Speed Polisher: $99, down from $133. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Is Discounting Tons of Tools Today Only," 2 Dec. 2018 According to the company, DC Daily will feature a rundown of the day’s news; an in-depth feature on a dedicated topic, like a comic book or TV show; and panel discussions about the news. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "DC will launch a daily show on its streaming service to keep DC fans apprised of all things DC," 22 Aug. 2018 They’ll be reunited inside St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday at noon; for the full rundown of everything else that will happen, go here, or just stay tuned to Katey Rich, Vanities, "Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Prince William Make a Surprise Appearance Outside Windsor Castle," 18 May 2018 Here is a rundown of the highlights in the various age groups (with points and accomplishments): Boys 8 Division JAGUARS 21, EAGLES 17: The Jaguars' Ryan Manolakos made two key baskets for the Jaguars late in the fourth quarter. Rick Menning,, "West Boca Basketball League showcases its championship games," 13 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For a guy, buying a made-to-measure shirt is as easy as running down to the bodega to grab a roll of paper towels. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Label Is for Women Who Want a Custom Shirt at the Right Price But Just Can’t Find One," 25 Oct. 2018 The video shows a smaller black bear running down the street in front of Tuck's car. charlotteobserver, "Video: Black bear spotted near Mountain Island Lake," 22 June 2018 Colson was running down the street when he was shot by Krauss, who mistakenly believed Colson was an additional suspect, police and prosecutors have said. Robert Moran,, "Lawsuit: Maryland cop and Delco native was wrongfully killed by another cop," 12 June 2018 But a few hours into the morning, Rose Strickland, who lives near the high school, suddenly saw local teenagers pulling themselves over the red-stained wood fence of a neighbor’s property and running down her street. NBC News, "Shock turns to sorrow in small-town Santa Fe, Texas after school shooting," 19 May 2018 After the crash, witnesses said Keller removed the license plate from the vehicle, folded it in half and tossed it in a nearby garbage can, then began running down the street, before Ocoee police caught him. Jeff Weiner,, "Driver threatened to 'spit AIDS blood' on troopers after crashing into Ocoee utility pole, FHP says," 17 May 2018 Officers arrived and encountered Christopher Kemble Jr., 19, running down the street. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "911 caller warns man wanted to kill himself or be killed by police before St. Charles officer-involved shooting," 12 May 2018 As if itchy, watery eyes and a congested nose aren't annoying enough, those symptoms can cause puffiness, redness, and make your eye makeup one sneeze away from running down your face. Marci Robin, Allure, "How to Conceal Your Seasonal Allergy Symptoms With Makeup," 19 Apr. 2018 The woman caught the tiny wrist in her hand and held tight, though the child struggled in silence with tears running down her small pale face. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "Under the Wave," 9 July 2017

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First Known Use of rundown


1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1815, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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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



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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