rundown

noun run·down \ ˈrən-ˌdau̇n \
Updated on: 24 Apr 2018
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.

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First Known Use of rundown

1908

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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run-down

adjective \ ˈrən-ˈdau̇n \
2 : completely unwound
3 : being in poor repair : dilapidated

First Known Use of run-down

1815

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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run down

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 : disparage
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

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First Known Use of run down

1686

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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RUNDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

rundown

  • : 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

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


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