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English definition of “run (sth) down”

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.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong

(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.Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of run (sth) down phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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