rundown

1 of 3

noun

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

run-down

2 of 3

adjective

1
: being in poor repair : dilapidated
2
3
: completely unwound

run down

3 of 3

verb

ran down; run down; running down; runs down

transitive verb

1
a
: to collide with and knock down
b
: to run against and cause to sink
2
a
: 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

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Here's a rundown of all the wild-card action around the NFL. Jaylon Thompson, USA TODAY, 21 Jan. 2023 Here's a rundown of our latest coverage of the crisis roiling the cryptocurrency industry. Wsj Staff, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2023 With the countdown until the final episode well underway, here's a rundown on what to expect when Jed McIntosh, Felix Von Hofe and Thomas Malucelli will choose their winners at the grand finale. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 19 Jan. 2023 Here is a rundown of a few areas officials are watching closely. Julie Brown, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2023 Here's a rundown of predictions and odds for the Guaranteed Rate Bowl. Emmett Prosser, Journal Sentinel, 26 Dec. 2022 Here's a rundown of the cities that rank as the most expensive in the U.S. Becca Stanek, The Week, 22 Dec. 2022 Here is a rundown of some of the items that received votes during Thursday evening's meeting. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 16 Dec. 2022 Below is a rundown of what programming to watch leading up to the ball drop, with updates to come throughout the month. Katie Reul, Variety, 16 Dec. 2022
Verb
Instead of allowing rainwater to randomly run down to the street, the couple installed a dry riverbed of stones. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022 Allen knelt a couple of times, letting the clock run down to its final second, and the Bills kicked a field goal as time expired to win, 23-20. Victor Mather, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2022 Jefferson scrambled for a yard on the next play and Pittman allowed the clock to run down to the 1:35 mark before calling his final timeout. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 25 Sep. 2022 But, to do that, Lee has to make Arlington profitable, and old man Custis had really let the place run down to the point where the books were just a mess. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 24 Nov. 2021 Social work and law enforcement run down the same highway in parallel lanes. Hartford Courant, 3 Jan. 2023 Argentina-Croatia semifinal, when Messi unleashed a jaw-dropping run down the right flank past the twenty-year-old defender Joško Gvardiol, culminating with a pass to Álvarez for an easy goal. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, 17 Dec. 2022 After walking Tuello to his car, she's run down by a pick-up truck. Matt Cabral, EW.com, 9 Nov. 2022 The project will run from the existing part of the park, which includes the current portion of the pond built in 2017 and the bridge to Top Golf and will run down to the food village and dome next to the Orion Amphitheater. Scott Turner | Sturner@al.com, al, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of rundown was in 1686

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Cite this Entry

“Rundown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rundown. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

rundown

1 of 3 noun
run·​down ˈrən-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce rundown (audio)
: an item by item report : summary

run-down

2 of 3 adjective
ˈrən-ˈdau̇n
1
: being in poor condition
a run-down farm
2
: being in or indicating poor health
that run-down feeling

run down

3 of 3 verb
ˈrən-ˈdau̇n
1
: to collide with and knock down
2
a
: to chase until exhausted or captured
b
: to find by search : trace the source of
3
: to stop operating because of the exhaustion of an energy source
the battery ran down

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