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

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

(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

ditto

used to agree with something that has just been said, or to avoid repeating something that has been said

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More