run (sth) down phrasal verb, verb definition, meaning - what is run (sth) down phrasal verb, verb in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “run (sth) down”

See all translations

run (sth) down

phrasal verb with run uk   us   /rʌn/ verb (present participle running, past tense ran, past participle run)

(REDUCE)

UK to reduce a business or organization in size or importance, or to become reduced in this way: The government is secretly running down the troop levels.

(LOSE POWER)

If a machine or device such as a clock or battery runs down, it loses power, or if you run it down, you cause this to happen: These batteries can be recharged when they run down. You'll run the battery down if you leave your car lights on.
Translations of “run (sth) down”
in Chinese (Traditional) 削減, (使)變萎縮, (使)衰減…
in Chinese (Simplified) 削减, (使)变萎缩, (使)衰减…
(Definition of run (sth) down phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of run (sth) down?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

gale-force

(of winds) very strong

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

Evel abbreviation

May 04, 2015
English votes for English laws; the idea that only English (as opposed to Scottish, Welsh or Irish) MPs should be allowed to vote for laws that affect only England Yet these are the two principal constitutional proposals that have come from the Conservative party in its kneejerk response to Ukip’s English nationalism and

Read More