run out

ran out; run out; running out; runs out

Definition of run out

intransitive verb

1a : 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

1a : 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
2a : 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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Thiem, looking lower on energy and inspiration, could not hold his own, and Nadal soon ran out the match, mixing successful forays to the net with his customary precision and court coverage at the baseline. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal, Pillar of Roland Garros, Wins the French Open for the 12th Time," 9 June 2019 But after encountering inaccurate accounts of D-Day by those who weren’t there, Lowell realized that time was running out for those who were there to set the record straight. Ron Grossman, Houston Chronicle, "IN THEIR OWN WORDS," 9 June 2019 Yan drops Rivera late again with a massive punch but time runs out once more. Todd Martin,, "UFC 238 live updates: Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes," 8 June 2019 Wives, sons and daughters of those brave men can obtain a patch honoring their service by emailing with a local address until the patches run out. Fox News, "D-Day combat patches reproduced by California company honoring US soldiers," 7 June 2019 Pierson dropped her phone and ran out the front door, turning left to avoid passing the broad window of the studio. Washington Post, "He always hated women.," 7 June 2019 Pierson dropped her phone and ran out the front door, turning left to avoid passing the broad window of the studio. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019 That being said, England ran out comfortable 6-0 winners when the countries met in Euro 2017 only two summers ago., "2019 Women's World Cup: 9 Mouthwatering Group Games You Must Not Miss This Summer," 6 June 2019 Thought your luck had run out on finding inexpensive flights to Las Vegas? Sun Country Airlines could tip the odds in your favor. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Sun Country adds Phoenix-Las Vegas flights with one-way fares from $39," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of run out

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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