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present tense
I/you/we/theyrun out
he/she/itruns out
present participlerunning out
past tenseran out
past participlerun out
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to use all of something and not have any left
    run out of:

    Many hospitals are running out of money.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive] if something runs out, you do not have any more of it left

    They returned home from South Africa when their money ran out.

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  3. 4
    [intransitive] if a pen runs out, it has no more ink left in it
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  4. 5
    [intransitive] if an official agreement or document runs out, it stops being legal at a certain date

    My contract runs out next July.

    When does your passport run out?

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  5. 7
    run someone out of town old-fashioned to make a criminal or a person who you do not like leave a town
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