What does run down mean?

Definitions for run down

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word run down.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. creaky, decrepit, derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegone(adj)

    worn and broken down by hard use

    "a creaky shack"; "a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape"; "a flea-bitten sofa"; "a run-down neighborhood"; "a woebegone old shack"

  2. run-down(verb)

    having the spring unwound

    "a run-down watch"

  3. run down, check out(verb)


    "We are running down a few tips"

  4. run down(verb)

    move downward

    "The water ran down"

  5. run down, run over(verb)

    injure or kill by running over, as with a vehicle

  6. poop out, peter out, run down, run out, conk out(verb)

    use up all one's strength and energy and stop working

    "At the end of the march, I pooped out"

  7. scan, skim, rake, glance over, run down(verb)

    examine hastily

    "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"

  8. run down, exhaust, play out, sap, tire(verb)


    "exhaust one's savings"; "We quickly played out our strength"

  9. run down(verb)

    pursue until captured

    "They ran down the fugitive"


  1. run down(Verb)

    To hit someone with a car or other vehicle and injure or kill them.

  2. run down(Verb)

    To criticize someone or an organisation, often unfairly.

  3. run down(Verb)

    To find something or someone after searching for a long time.

  4. run down(Verb)

    To lose power slowly. Used for a machine, battery, or other powered device.

  5. run down(Verb)

    To read quickly a list or other short text.

  6. run down(Verb)

    To reduce the size or stock levels of a business, often with a view to closure.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of run down in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of run down in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Russell Baker:

    New York is the only city in the world where you can get deliberately run down on the sidewalk by a pedestrian.

  2. Spider-Man:

    J. Jonah Jameson Hoffman, run down to the patent office and market the name Green Goblin. I want a quarter every time someone says it.

  3. Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou:

    These oil exporters are getting more defensive. They're probably reducing their equity exposure and moving to more liquid investments such as U.S. Treasuries in anticipation that they might need to run down their reserves.

  4. David Inserra:

    When interviewed after Fareed Mumuni arrest, Munther Omar Saleh said that Clarion Project The terror group planned to bomb a location, use a vehicle to run down police officers, and then use their weapons to attack others.

  5. Nico Rosberg:

    With the new start situation, and we're having to do everything ourselves now, there's a lot more opportunity tomorrow even at the start, on the run down to turn five here it is possible to overtake so my hopes are for sure still alive.

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