Definition of run down phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

run down

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to lose power or stop working The battery has run down.
  2. 2to gradually stop functioning or become smaller in size or number British manufacturing industry has been running down for years. related noun rundown
  1. 1to make something lose power or stop working If you leave your headlights on you'll soon run down the battery.
  2. 2to make something gradually stop functioning or become smaller in size or number The company is running down its sales force. related noun rundown

    run down somebody

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    run down something

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    run somebody down

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    run something down

     
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  1. 1(of a vehicle or its driver) to hit somebody/something and knock them/it to the ground
  2. 2to criticize somebody/something in an unkind way He's always running her down in front of other people.
  3. 3to find somebody/something after a search
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: run down