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English definition of “run-down”


adjective uk   /ˌrʌnˈdaʊn/ us  
describes buildings or areas that are in very bad condition: a run-down building/cemeteryIn 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)
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