Meaning of “run down something” in the English Dictionary

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run down something

phrasal verb with run us /rʌn/ verb present participle running, past tense ran /ræn/ , past participle run

(EXAMINE)

to look at, examine, think of, or deal with a set of things, esp. quickly:

The safety inspector ran down the list of hazards present in a transit system.

run down something

phrasal verb with run us /rʌn/ verb present participle running, past tense ran /ræn/ , past participle run

(FIND)

to learn the facts about something after searching for them:

The police are running down several leads related to the crime.

(Definition of “run down something” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)