rundown

noun run·down \ ˈrən-ˌdau̇n \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rundown

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

Examples of rundown in a Sentence

  1. They gave us a rundown on the main points of the news.

  2. a rundown of our public services

  3. He was caught in a rundown.

Recent Examples of rundown from the Web

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First Known Use of rundown

1908


run-down

adjective \ ˈrən-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of run-down

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

First Known Use of run-down

1815


run down

verb

Definition of run 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
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 run down in a Sentence

  1. finally ran down the answer after hours of research

  2. constantly running down the city's cultural life won't do anything to improve it

Recent Examples of run down from the Web

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First Known Use of run down

1686

run down Synonyms

Synonyms
ascertain, descry, detect, determine, dig out, dig up, discover, dredge (up), ferret (out), find out, get, hit (on or upon), hunt (down or up), learn, locate, nose out, root (out), rout (out), rummage, find, scare up, scout (up), track (down), turn up
Antonyms
miss, overlook, pass over
Related Words
espy, sight, spot; look for, search (for or out), seek
Near Antonyms
lose, mislay, misplace, misset

RUNDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

rundown

noun

Definition of rundown for English Language Learners

  • : a quick report about the main parts of something

  • : 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


run-down

adjective

Definition of run-down for English Language Learners

  • : in very bad condition because of age or lack of care

  • : in poor health or physical condition : worn-out or exhausted


RUNDOWN Defined for Kids

run-down

adjective \ ˈrən-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of run-down for Students

1 :in poor condition
  • a run-down farm
2 :in poor health


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