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
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 Likelihood of selection: 25 percent Mike Conley Starter voting: 13th in player voting, 19th in fan voting, sixth in media voting The rundown: No, Mike Conley will not be selected for the all-star game. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 27 Jan. 2024 One morning last month in one of those rundown houses, a few Sierra Leonean men awaiting their repatriation chatted with fellow migrants from their country who were heading north. Elian Peltier Carmen Abd Ali, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Here’s a rundown of some of the most common questions to ask a mortgage lender. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 4 Jan. 2024 Likelihood of selection: 90 percent Rudy Gobert Starter voting: Ninth in player voting, 13th in fan voting, seventh in media voting The rundown: Perhaps no one has driven Minnesota’s winning more than Gobert, who is the frontrunner to receive his fourth NBA Defensive Player of the Year honor. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 27 Jan. 2024 Here’s the rundown on who’s in the cast, where the series will take place, and when the new season will premiere. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 18 Jan. 2024 Be sure to check out the full rundown of activities in honor of Dr. King online. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2024
Adjective
Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 9 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 Next month Barry’s will close its original West Hollywood studio, a run-down outlier at more than a quarter-century old, and move into a gleaming 21,000-square-foot space a few blocks away. Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024
Verb
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 The province runs down the skinny arm of the country, bordering the Gulf of Thailand on one side and Myanmar on the other. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 4 Feb. 2024 But a separate line was to come off the main line and run down Second Street to a platform by the Frisco Depot near Cherry Street in Rogers – a distance of about 1.1 miles. Randy McCrory Vintage Bentonville, arkansasonline.com, 1 Feb. 2024 That’s the only transition from the outfield, running down balls, and having to compose your breath during an at-bat. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 2 Feb. 2024 Tears ran down Elli’s eyes when she was reunited with her father on the red dirt of the Will Rogers Coliseum over a long hug. Noah Alcala Bach, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Feb. 2024 Leung ran down the hall of Chinese Christian Church and stabbed his wife in the kitchen, the San Francisco Examiner reported in 2018. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 2 Feb. 2024 The focus here should be on the scalp — the rest of the hair will be cleaned as the suds run down the strands, says Roszak. Caitie Kelly, New York Times, 29 Jan. 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 24 Feb. 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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