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

Definition of rundown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : 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
2 : an item-by-item report or review : summary


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

Definition of run-down (Entry 2 of 3)

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

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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

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Examples of rundown in a Sentence


They gave us a rundown on the main points of the news. a rundown of our public services He was caught in a rundown.


finally ran down the answer after hours of research constantly running down the city's cultural life won't do anything to improve it
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here's a rundown of the most important bits to know about each. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "iPhone XS, iPhone XR, Apple Watch and More: Apple's 2018 iPhone Event Roundup," 12 Sep. 2018 The rundown below includes discounts on various Lenovo and Dell laptops, Amazon's latest Echo speaker, Nokia's 6.1 smartphone, the Nvidia Shield media streamer, and more. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Take 25% off a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and more Columbus Day deals," 8 Oct. 2018 The meeting followed the usual routine: a financial report, a rundown of operational issues and then the real business — distributing profits to each Trump. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Check out the timeline below for all the answers and a complete rundown of Kylie and Travis' relationship. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott's Relationship," 8 Aug. 2018 Cubs manager Joe Maddon breaks down his defense during the unusual rundown vs. the Brewers during Tuesday night's game. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The great escape: Cain directs Yelich out of trouble on bases, Brewers finally beat Cubs," 12 June 2018 To walk through Zarqa, the rundown industrial heart of Jordan and its second largest city, is to see the country’s problems in miniature. Nabih Bulos,, "'We are trapped,' one Jordanian says as the country weighs tough choices from the IMF," 9 June 2018 Portland may finally have a buyer for the rundown Centennial Mills property in close-in Northwest Portland. Gordon R. Friedman,, "Portland may sell Centennial Mills land to condo developer," 10 Apr. 2018 Day avoided further damage with a strikeout, a runner being caught in a rundown and an unassisted putout at first. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Softball: Brazoswood rallies past Dawson, 2-1," 6 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The hips are just the beginning of one long chain of muscles and tendons running down the leg, and some of the largest muscles in your body surround the hips (hey there, glutes!). SELF, "5 Lunges Everyone With Tight Hips Should Do," 22 Feb. 2019 Kendall arrives next with a cute slow-motion run down the beach. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 1 Recap: All About Colton," 7 Aug. 2018 There might have been a jagged fracture running down the middle of the clubhouse’s low-pile carpet. Ben Reiter,, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 In a line running down the hill were leg bones still connected by ligaments, a vertebra, a rib, another vertebra and more ribs. Rob O'dell, azcentral, "What dead pigs can teach us about missing bodies in the Arizona desert," 5 July 2018 For one, one of the skeletons was found with small metallic discs running down its trunk. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Newly Unearthed Civil War Bones Speak Silently to the Grim Aftermath of Battle," 20 June 2018 The Apaches rallied from two runs down in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings to extend the game. Sam Brief,, "College notes: Local players help Oakton win NJCAA D-III World Series," 1 June 2018 As mentioned, and as the name suggests, this move primarily works the hamstrings, which run down the backsides of your legs, from your hips to your knees. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How to Do Nordic Curls to Strengthen Your Hamstrings, Like Celebrity Trainer Ashley Borden," 14 Feb. 2019 And across parts of the Carolinas, that water runs down very quickly into that flat plane. Fox News, "Coast Guard commandant talks Florence rescue efforts," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of rundown


1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1815, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of rundown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a quick report about the main parts of something
British : a gradual reduction in the size of a business, activity, etc.
baseball : a play in which a runner is chased by two or more opposing players who throw the ball to each other in an attempt to tag the runner out



English Language Learners Definition of run-down (Entry 2 of 2)

: in very bad condition because of age or lack of care
: in poor health or physical condition : worn-out or exhausted


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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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