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

Definition of rundown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


\ ˈrən-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce run-down (audio) \

Definition of run-down (Entry 2 of 3)

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

run down

ran down; run down; running down; runs 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

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 Here’s a rundown of the flurry of recent hirings and the latest on the vacancies that are still open. Carol Schram, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Here’s a quick rundown for all the homebodies and the virtual employees. Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 Here’s a rundown of what to have on your radar this season. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Here’s a brief rundown of why these 5 companies are our top picks for the best credit repair services. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Here’s a rundown of some major categories, as well as examples and suggestions on how to use them. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Here’s a rundown of the best Coachella Weekend 2 moments so far. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2022 Here’s a rundown of this year’s biggest snubs and surprises: The duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson. Chris Willman, Variety, 3 Apr. 2022 Here’s a rundown of some of the notable numbers that have shaped the ceremony over the years. NBC News, 28 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Spring tension and driving power are greater when the spring is tight than when it is partly run down; regulation to insure running at a uniform rate is the most difficult part of clock-making. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 15 June 2022 Vernon cops were called to run down two escapees early Wednesday. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 25 May 2022 Then, four minutes later, Gavi went on a slalom run down the right flank that Dembele would be proud of and set Pedri up for his third goal in five games as the Catalans took the lead. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Sisson cannot remember thinking about Bell or his crash before or after his own fateful run down a track in St. Moritz in early 2002. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 Go right at the water tower, and run down the steep dirt path before taking a sharp left at the second power line access trail and cut through some desert scrub and manzanita to the horse trail that takes you up to Paint Mountain. Dax Ross, Outside Online, 21 July 2020 The sequence on the first goal started with a corner kick that North Carolina defender Kaleigh Kurtz deflected out the right side of the penalty area, where it was run down by Endo. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Holthaus pointed to two reasons for his team’s stellar run down the stretch. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 10 Mar. 2022 Shaun White failed on his signature trick on his first run down the halfpipe, the Double McTwist 1260, and was in 19th place in men’s qualifying. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rundown


1908, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1815, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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28 Jun 2022

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“Rundown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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