rundown

noun
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

run-down

adjective
\ 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

verb
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 Here’s a rundown of the most fantasy relevant rookies for 2019. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: 16 Rookies Who Could Make an Impact," 4 July 2019 Here’s a brief rundown of what happened on the animal welfare front in the past year. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 Here’s a rundown of the cheapest ticket available from the major online resellers approved by the NFL, as of late Friday. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Broncos Insider: Need a last-minute ticket to the home opener? Get ready to pay up.," 15 Sep. 2019 Here’s a rundown of the most important things Nagy said. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "‘You can’t panic’: Matt Nagy still catching his breath after the Bears’ jarring loss to the Packers," 6 Sep. 2019 Here’s a quick rundown of the tech startups that caught my eye. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "These 9 tech startups in San Diego are among fastest-growing in U.S.," 16 Aug. 2019 Here’s a rundown of key economies with recession worries. Heather Long, Washington Post, "9 key countries are on the verge of recession, driving fears the U.S. could follow," 15 Aug. 2019 Here’s a quick rundown of the first-round picks from their debut preseason action. Conor Orr, SI.com, "How Did Your Rookie QB's Preseason Debut Go?," 9 Aug. 2019 Here’s a rundown of how every track on Originals compares to its outside version. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Prince's 'Originals' Album: Comparing Each Demo With Its Well-Known Cover Version," 25 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thick black stripes ran down the sides of her matching pants. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Wears the Coolest Blue Suit by Sies Marjan in New York," 28 Oct. 2019 Burns later ran down Minshew from behind late in the fourth quarter, recording a sack and fumble. Steve Reed, orlandosentinel.com, "QB Gardner Minshew provides spark but Jaguars’ defense can’t contain Christian McCaffrey in 34-27 loss at Carolina," 6 Oct. 2019 Burns later ran down Minshew from behind late in the fourth quarter, recording a sack and fumble. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Despite loss, Minshew continues to bring fight for Jaguars," 6 Oct. 2019 Just flip it over, watch the dressing run down, and dig into this veggie-packed mason jar salad. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chickpea Pasta Salad in a Jar," 2 Oct. 2019 Their capital buffers have also been run down and handed to the government. The Economist, "Steven Mnuchin begins reforming America’s giant mortgage-guarantee firms," 14 Sep. 2019 In the first quarter, with the game still scoreless, Oliphant ran down San Leandro’s Markus Clayton after Clayton scooped up a Mustang fumble in the end zone and raced 75 yards. Mike Lefkow, The Mercury News, "Football: Monte Vista unleashes new star while blanking San Leandro," 6 Sep. 2019 The facility had become run down, and Koch put up $100 million for renovations and ongoing maintenance. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "A Different Kind of ‘Right-Wing’," 25 Aug. 2019 Trump and aides ran down the list of actions the White House is considering. Brian Bennett, Time, "'Let's Call Wayne.' Inside the White House Discussions on Guns," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rundown

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

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5 Nov 2019

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The first known use of rundown was in 1686

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rundown

noun
How to pronounce run down (audio)

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

run-down

adjective
How to pronounce run down (audio)

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

run-down

adjective
\ ˈrən-ˈdau̇n\

Kids Definition of run-down

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

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