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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:

    Some hospitals are running out of blood supplies.

  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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of run out
  3. 4
    [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?

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of run out
  4. 5
    [intransitive] if a pen runs out, it has no more ink left in it
    Synonyms and related words for this sense of run out
  5. 6
    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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