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 For just a couple of examples, consider his comprehensive timeline of all the lies the Chinese government told about the novel coronavirus, or his rundown of how poorly New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has handled this situation. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "A News Source You Can Trust," 5 Apr. 2020 Here’s our rundown of the most important engagement party etiquette tips, from sending invitations to choosing the venue and more. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "The Biggest Engagement Party Etiquette Mistakes to Avoid," 6 Nov. 2019 Here’s our rundown of the many, many references Swift drops, from mentioning her history as a tabloid target to aligning herself as an LGBTQ+ ally to calling out bullies and trolls. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Your Guide to the Many, Many References Taylor Swift Drops in the Lover Album," 23 Aug. 2019 Here’s a rundown of the county’s operations, according to a news release: Parks Effective immediately, the majority of Milwaukee County Parks’ public venues will close, canceling all events, rentals and programs. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County closes zoo, park facilities and senior centers until further notice," 14 Mar. 2020 Here’s a brief rundown of some of the larger events around the world that have been modified or canceled. Karen Zraick, New York Times, "Coronavirus Cancellations: A Brief List," 11 Mar. 2020 Here’s a rundown of some notable examples, by region. David Meyer, Fortune, "Coronavirus: Politicians around the world are going into quarantine," 10 Mar. 2020 Here’s a rundown of Stefanski’s staff so far: OFFENSE: Offensive coordinator: Alex Van Pelt. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "What grade do you give Kevin Stefanski for his Browns coaching staff? (poll)," 10 Feb. 2020 Here’s a rundown of the most anticipated films and actors in a variety of categories, based on the Fandango survey: Most anticipated movie 1. Nardine Saad, Detroit Free Press, "‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Black Widow’ are 2020’s most anticipated films," 1 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After falling 3 stories, Instagram-famous Alpharetta K-9 to compete on TV Mattis was injured in 2016 after bounding over a 30-foot retention wall while running down a suspect. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Alpharetta K-9 who survived 3-story fall almost becomes ‘America’s Top Dog’," 19 Mar. 2020 Schwartz had an elastic band running down the back of his right leg all the way down to his cleat. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn Outback Bowl practice notes: Jay Jay Wilson returns, Tigers work ‘worst-case scenarios’," 29 Dec. 2019 The delay comes just over a year after a self-driving Uber test SUV ran down and killed a woman in March of 2018 in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, Arizona. Tom Krisher, Detroit Free Press, "GM's Cruise delays autonomous ride service beyond 2019," 24 July 2019 The shell of one cracked on her head, and the yolk ran down her long, raven hair. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "This Louisville couple fought Jim Crow laws as teens and later fell in love," 12 Mar. 2020 Video shows the driver coming to a stop in the middle of the highway, getting out of the car and running down a steep hill to the busy Interstate 5 below. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Video shows man leading police on wild hour-long chase down California freeway," 6 Mar. 2020 Cerise and Huang did not run down a specific list of strategies their organizations will put in place, opting for a more casual question-and-answer format. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "“Show me the money”: Dallas civic leaders want more details on plan to close health gaps," 30 Jan. 2020 With no intensity whatsoever, both set of players casually passed the ball around between them with both goalkeepers spotted near the center circle, running down the final 13 minutes. Ben Morse, CNN, "Top German clubs play out bizarre conclusion to game over fans' offensive banner," 29 Feb. 2020 As seconds on the game clock ran down to full time, Gilbert Christian senior forwards Hannah Burke and Landyn Lovelady kicked the ball high to defend Sahuarita's final scoring attempts to clinch the Lady Knights' first 3A state title. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Gilbert Christian defeats Sahuarita for first 3A girls soccer state championship," 21 Feb. 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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8 Apr 2020

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“Rundown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 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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