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

Definition of rundown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


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

Definition of run-down (Entry 2 of 3)

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

run down

ran down; run down; running down; runs down

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

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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun La Stella then hit into a force, erasing Kemp at second, and pinch-runner Stephen Piscotty was caught in a rundown between third and home when Marcus Semien bounced to second. Susan Slusser,, "Ramón Laureano gives A’s walkoff win over Astros with two outs in ninth," 9 Sep. 2020 Here's a rundown of what tenants should know about the new order and how courts are responding to it. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "CDC eviction ban: What tenants should know about new guidance from the state, Detroit court," 4 Sep. 2020 From bacon caramel rolls to cheese curds, here’s a rundown of my dining diary’s greatest hits over the past seven days (my colleague and fellow 5 Best contributor Sharyn Jackson is on vacation). Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food critic ate in the Twin Cities this week," 28 Aug. 2020 Here is a quick rundown of the 14 applicants who didn’t make the cut, at least this time around: Michael Berlin, who was client delivery partner with Gorilla Group, a Chicago e-commerce solutions firm, from 2016-2018. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "14 of 20 applicants to Brecksville City Council eliminated from consideration," 18 Aug. 2020 For a rundown of all the looks from the night, click here. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "MTV VMAs 2020: The Best Dressed Celebrities of the Night," 31 Aug. 2020 Tim Fernholz has a good rundown of the outstanding questions. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX’s South Texas resort, the Air Force makes its picks," 14 Aug. 2020 On top of that, Cosmopolitan has a full rundown of how a number of other Bachelor stars have seemingly been doing something at the same location as each other, including Becca Kufrin, Ashley Iaconetti, and Sydney Lotuaco. Lia Beck,, "Take All This Recent Bachelor In Paradise Sleuthing With A Huge Grain Of Salt," 10 Aug. 2020 Sponsored by Hancock Whitney, AARP Louisiana, Acadian Ambulance and LCMC Health, the summit will allow panelists to give a rundown of any shortcomings and obstacles and emerging bright spots in the state's economy. Kyle Whitfield,, "Watch live: What's next for Louisiana's economy after coronavirus? 4 experts tackle the question," 6 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Crawford touched the ball four times on the play, including the final run down the right sideline for a touchdown. Dennis Victory, al, "Incredible last-second scramble play leads to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 34-28 win over Wetumpka," 12 Sep. 2020 As with any cordless snowblower, wetter, denser snow will run down the battery quicker. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Snowblowers for Digging Yourself Out," 9 Sep. 2020 The overwhelming theme that ran throughout the GOP convention was that America is a great, lovely country that is being run down by a Left that believes it has been rotten to the core since the beginning. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 3 Sep. 2020 After purchasing the run down Oak Knoll Lodge in Big Bear, CA, Lindsey Kurowski and her crew are determined to renew this four-acre campground, constructed in the 1920s. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Upcoming Magnolia TV Network," 27 Aug. 2020 Damian Lillard crossed over LeBron James beyond the three-point line and had a free run down the lane during the second quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers 116-108 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers, running on fumes and with little depth, search for answers down 2-1 to Los Angeles Lakers," 23 Aug. 2020 As founders and music heavyweights Swizz Beatz and Timbaland run down the list of potential matchups, fans are pitching in with their own ideal Verzuz battles. Ineye Komonibo,, "Bow Wow & Romeo Are Working On A Documentary About Their Rise In The 2000s Rap Game," 13 Aug. 2020 Brooks Koepka enters the weekend at the 102nd PGA Championship with a tantalizing chance to run down the ghost of Walter Hagen. Ron Kroichick,, "Brooks Koepka, other major champs in contention at PGA Championship, but all are chasing Li," 7 Aug. 2020 The chance to host the 2010 Winter Games was supposed to be a godsend for Canadian athletes who compete in skeleton, the headfirst sled run down a twisting track. Matthew Futterman, Star Tribune, "Sledding team trained hard for gold in 2010. Some regret it," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rundown


1908, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1815, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of rundown was in 1686

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19 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rundown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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


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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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