run out

verb
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of run out

intransitive verb
1 a : 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
1 a : 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
2 a : 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

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First Known Use of run out

14th century



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