Meaning of “run out” in the English Dictionary

"run out" in British English

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run out

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

B1 to finish, use, or sell all of something, so that there is none left:

I've run out of milk/money/ideas/patience.
"Do you have any milk?" "Sorry, I've run out."

B2 If a supply of something runs out, all of it has been used or it is completely finished:

The milk has run out.
My patience is beginning to run out.

If a document or official agreement runs out, the period of time for which it lasts finishes:

My passport runs out next month - I must get it renewed.
time is running out

used to say that there is not much time left in which to achieve something:

Time is running out for the men trapped under the rubble.

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(Definition of “run out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"run out" in American English

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run out

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

to use something completely so that nothing is left:

He just ran out of ideas.
Time is running out (= There is only a little time left).

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

"run out" in Business English

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run out

phrasal verb with run uk /rʌn/ us verb running, ran, run

to finish, use, or sell all of something, so that there is none left:

run out of sth We are about to run out of paper and toner.
The order for more forms should be placed before we run out.

if a supply of something runs out, all of it has been used or it is completely finished:

Oil supplies are low, but they have not run out yet.
My patience is beginning to run out.

if a document or official agreement runs out, the period of time for which it is effective finishes:

My passport runs out next month.

(Definition of “run out” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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