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

Example Sentences

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 all the Week 10 action around the NFL. Jaylon Thompson, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2022 Here is a rundown of Sunday’s latest bowl projections for Alabama from major outlets: This story will be updated. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 13 Nov. 2022 Here is a rundown of some of the more notable matchups on Election Day and their results. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, 8 Nov. 2022 Here's a rundown of what has happened in Arizona so far in the general election cycle. AZCentral.com, 31 Oct. 2022 Here's a rundown on the most eco-friendly ways to treat the clothes in your closet and extend their lifespan. Allyssia Alleyne, CNN, 25 Oct. 2022 Here is a rundown of Taylor Swift‘s career album sales and top songs measured by on-demand official streams, radio airplay and digital song sales in the U.S., through Oct. 13, 2022, according to Luminate. Gary Trust, Billboard, 21 Oct. 2022 Here is a rundown of what the jury learned: How did prosecutors convict without a body? Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2022 Here's a rundown of all of the above including potential first-round matchups. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 18 Oct. 2022
Verb
But the Braves went 79-37 after Harris joined them to win 101 games - topping 100 for the first time since 2003 - and run down the Mets in the East. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2022 Until the High Dam held back the annual Nile floods, however, the digging also allowed salt- and mineral-rich floodwater to run down into the temple complex every year for a century, eroding the stones. Vivian Yee, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2022 Shelstad intercepted a pass from Lake Oswego sophomore quarterback Liam Davis before Leavitt connected with junior wide receiver Wiley Donnerberg for a 64-yard catch and run down to the Lakers’ 2. oregonlive, 30 Sep. 2022 Run amok, jump on people, face-plant onto them, knock them over, scratch them, run the leash around them, get out of the house, have no recall, run down the street? Ed Stannard, Hartford Courant, 6 Sep. 2022 There was a lot of unemployment, and all the clubs in London were really run down. David Chiu, Forbes, 19 July 2022 The hotel was packed with Greek naval officers, and slightly run down, but seconds from the beach. Francesca Street, CNN, 6 July 2022 Would Sabrina get in the van to school or run down the street? New York Times, 1 June 2022 Bitterness quickly will give way to initial goosebumps as a free-agent class featuring the likes of Freddie Freeman, Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant, Nick Castellanos, Nelson Cruz and more are run down with checkbooks galore. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2022 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 30 Nov. 2022.

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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