rundown

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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

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adjective

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

run down

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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

Examples of rundown in a Sentence

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
Last, a great and thorough rundown from the Allergen Extract Laboratory. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2024 Here’s a quick rundown of races to look out for in March and how to sign up. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 23 Feb. 2024 Welcome to our weekly rundown of the best new music — featuring big singles, key tracks from our favorite albums, and more. Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2024 Here's the full concession rundown on the concession situation, from Victoria Hernandez on the scene in Las Vegas 49ers force Chiefs to punt again Kansas City was able to get a first down, but didn't get much more after that, punting the ball back to the 49ers for the second time in as many drives. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2024 For reference, the S24+ and S24 Ultra surpassed 14 hours in our rundown test, while the S24 got close to 13 hours. Iyaz Akhtar, PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 Below is a rundown of some of the factors behind the comparatively strong performance — starting with those that reflect policy choices and moving to factors that owe more to fortune. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Trending on Billboard Here’s a rundown of all nine of Keith’s top 10s on the latest Country Digital Song Sales chart. Jim Asker, Billboard, 13 Feb. 2024 Here is the impressive rundown, in chronological order: Saturday, Jan. 6 Dulles’s rainfall of 0.97 inches breaks the daily record of 0.94 inches from 1995. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024
Adjective
Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 23 Feb. 2024 Drug use surged, and the place grew unsafe and run-down. Penelope Green, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Set in the Cloudy Falls residence, a run-down apartment complex in Niagara Falls that seems destined to be torn down, the film tells the story of a handful of its tenants, chosen at random by the narrator, Rita (Susan Berger), the building’s glib superintendent. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 9 Feb. 2024 The house started as a whimsical idea by branding guru John-Patrick Flynn in 2021: Purchase a run-down Midcentury Modern tract home in Palm Springs and invite Shag to reimagine it as one of his artworks. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Her shop, one of the oldest in the neighborhood, served as a time capsule of a bygone era as Navy Yard transformed from a run-down, industrial eyesore to one of the most modern and expensive parts of the District. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2024 In the summer of 2017, eleven FBI agents searched a small house in a run-down neighborhood in Augusta, Georgia, where a twenty-five-year-old NSA contractor named Reality Winner lived alone with a cat and a foster dog, neither of whom liked men. Ava Kofman, The New York Review of Books, 1 Feb. 2024 For many readers, the chapter was just a dishy run-down of high-society women, their secrets and lies. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2024 Here is a run-down of every Coben adaptation on Netflix, listed in order of their latest score on Rotten Tomatoes. Arion McNicoll, The Week Uk, theweek, 9 Jan. 2024
Verb
Three white stripes run down its back with a mosaic-like mixture of light brown, cream and dark brown spots inbetween the stripes. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 27 Feb. 2024 Mea runs down the road and finally encounters Kal driving in her direction. Monica Mercuri, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 With time running down in the third, Carr found Butler near the rim and lobbed an alley-oop pass which Butler threw down at the buzzer to tie the game at 42 and get the Branson crowd going. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 Rebecca Grossman, accused of running down two young boys in a Westlake Village crosswalk, won’t be testifying in her murder trial. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 The host then ran down tape of Keith’s many appearances on his show, including a 2015 spot where Toby handed over one of his acoustic guitars, which Colbert said his son plays to this day. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 7 Feb. 2024 In order to offer alcohol and cannabis on the same property and comply with state laws, Maxim-Sparrow said a bike rack will run down the middle of the venue guarded by security and on one side will be cannabis vendors and the other will offer alcohol and food trucks. Detroit Free Press, 2 Feb. 2024 During the broadcast, the footballer ran down the field before rolling on the ground. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Michi unwrapped the towel from around her waist and began drying the loose black hair that ran down her back. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2024 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 3 Mar. 2024.

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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