run down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theyrun down
he/she/itruns down
present participlerunning down
past tenseran down
past participlerun down
  1. 1
    [transitive] to hit someone with your car and injure or kill them
    be/get run down:

    She got run down outside school.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to criticize someone, especially in an unfair way

    You’re always running me down!

    run yourself down:

    You’re a brilliant mother. Why do you run yourself down?

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if something such as a machine or clock runs down, or if you run it down, it gradually stops working because it has no power

    Switch your headlights off, or you’ll run the battery down.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] British if a business or organization runs down, or if someone runs it down, it gradually becomes smaller

    They’ve been running the factory down for the last five years.

    The decision was taken to let the steel industry run down.

  5. 5
    [transitive] run down something to quickly read everything on a list

    I’ll just run down the list and see if we’ve forgotten anything.

  6. 6
    run someone down to find someone after searching for them for a long time

    Police eventually ran him down in woods north of the city.

See also
See also main entry: run