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English definition of “run-down”

run-down

adjective     /ˌrʌnˈdaʊn/
describes buildings or areas that are in very bad condition : a run-down building / cemetery In bad condition [after verb] tired and not healthy , especially because of working too much: My doctor said I was looking run-down.Tired and making tiredNot fit and healthyThin or slender (of people)
(Definition of run-down adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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