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
3 : disparage

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 Second baseman Adam Frazier had neglected to cover the vacant bag — although in fairness to him, players probably don't spend much time contemplating where to be on a rundown between first and home. Noah Trister, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021 Coppell finally got on the board in the fourth inning, as Will Rodman (2-for-3 in the game) scored on a steal of home during a rundown to cut the Keller lead to 3-1. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 29 May 2021 That said, here’s a rundown of the top 10 U.S. imports, with their percentage of total U.S. imports and the largest market share by country. Ken Roberts, Forbes, 28 May 2021 The Vikings closed to within 4-3 in the fourth when Treece doubled and Jayla Ross scored on a rundown on the play. Bill Lumpkin Iii, al, 19 May 2021 Here’s a rundown on how metro Detroit’s three winners coped with COVID-19: In Royal Oak, grants to 92 small businesses meshed with thousands of consumer gift cards to keep cash registers ringing. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2021 As the Reds tried to complete the rundown, Giants first baseman Darin Ruf jogged home as Farmer didn’t make the throw. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 18 May 2021 The filing, a quarterly rundown of holdings required of hedge funds of a certain size, said the position was worth $534 million -- an amount likely derived by multiplying Tesla’s share price on March 31 by the number of shares Scion bet against. Jeremy Herron, Fortune, 18 May 2021 Pate slipped coming around second, with Sandle throwing in behind him to start an 8-4-6-5 rundown for the second out. Creg Stephenson |, al, 16 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Supply is unable to keep up thanks to inventories and capabilities run down when demand collapsed during lockdown, workers unwilling to return to work and the overhang of Covid-19 restrictions on production. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 31 May 2021 He was run down so quickly, Kiner-Falefa had no chance to move up. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 29 May 2021 Conticello fell behind 0-2 before hitting a fly ball to left field that the outfielder couldn’t run down. Adam Lichtenstein,, 15 May 2021 The ladies won the 4x400-meter with Winn coming from approximately 50 yards back to run down the Gravette anchor to win in 4:22.45. Arkansas Online, 7 May 2021 Officials said the particularly wet winter and damage from the Eagle Creek fire are to blame, as water has run down the barren slopes unabated. oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2021 Hot Rod Charlie took the lead with about a furlong to go but was run down by Essential Quality, who is the presumptive Kentucky Derby favorite. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Some had done nothing more threatening in their final moments than seek the comfort of a father’s lap, serve tea, fetch water or run down a lane with a piece of coconut. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2021 Some had done nothing more threatening in their final moments than seek the comfort of a father’s lap, serve tea, fetch water or run down a lane with a piece of coconut., 4 Apr. 2021

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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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Last Updated

4 Jun 2021

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“Rundown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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



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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