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phrasal verb
Word Forms
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.

  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.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if time is running out, you do not have long to do something
  4. 4
    [intransitive] if a pen runs out, it has no more ink left in it
  5. 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?

  6. 6
    [transitive] if someone is run out in cricket, they have to stop hitting the ball and leave the field because the other team hits one set of stumps (=sticks) with the ball before they can reach it
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  7. 7
    run someone out of town old-fashioned to make a criminal or a person who you do not like leave a town
See also main entry: run
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