run out

ran out; run out; running out; runs out

Definition of run out

intransitive verb

1a : to come to an end : expire time ran out
b : to become exhausted or used up the gasoline ran out
2 : to jut out

transitive verb

1a : to finish out (a course, a series, a contest, etc.) : complete
b of a baseball batter : to run hard to first base after hitting (a batted ball) ran out the grounder
2a : to fill out (a typeset line) with quads, leaders, or ornaments
b : to set (a line of text, such as the first line of a paragraph) with a hanging indention
3 : to exhaust (oneself) in running
4 : to cause to leave by force or coercion : expel
run out of
: to use up the available supply of ran out of time
run out on

Examples of run out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Office vacancies increased in the third quarter, and the company was at risk of running out of cash next year. Washington Post, "Adam Neumann’s Older Look-Alike Might Make We Work," 11 Nov. 2019 Inter and Dortmund have already faced each other in this season's competition, with the Italian giants running out 2-0 winners over the high-flying Germans in Italy on matchday three., "Borussia Dortmund vs Inter Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 4 Nov. 2019 Rookie Juwann Winfree needs to show better awareness as a gunner — he was penalized for running out of bounds without assistance. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Status Report: Entering bye week with win beats alternative," 3 Nov. 2019 Ventura County Fire Assistant Chief John McNeil estimated that the fire could reach around 12,000 acres before running out of fuel., "Authorities in Ventura County ordered evacuations for about 7,500 people in an area that includes roughly 1,800 buildings as the blaze threatened the small, unincorporated rural community of Somis.," 1 Nov. 2019 The company was reportedly weeks away from running out of cash until it was bailed out this month by its largest investor, Japanese firm Softbank. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "WeWork and former CEO Adam Neumann accused of gender discrimination," 31 Oct. 2019 With time running out, the assembly voted to move further action back to December. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Assembly delays controversial vote on marijuana retailer near church," 24 Oct. 2019 With time running out in overtime, South Dakota State coach John Stiegelmeier called on his All-American kicker to break the 24-24 tie with Illinois State. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "All in the family: Chase Vinatieri wants to continue the legacy his uncle built in the NFL," 20 Oct. 2019 Late in the fourth quarter, Stranko put an exclamation put on the game with the Owls running out the clock. Eric Bem,, "Football: Westminster puts up another dominating performance, blanking Century," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of run out

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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15 Nov 2019

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