run out Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"run out" in British English

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run out

phrasal verb with run uk   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 ofmilk/​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 ​completelyfinished: The ​milk has ​run out. My ​patience is ​beginning to ​run out. If a ​document or ​officialagreementruns out, the ​period of ​time for which it ​lastsfinishes: My ​passportruns out next ​month - I must get it ​renewed.time is running out used to say that there is not much ​timeleft in which to ​achieve something: Time is ​running out for the men ​trapped under the ​rubble.
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"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 ​timeleft).
(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   us   /rʌn/ 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 ​officialagreementruns out, the ​period of ​time for which it is ​effectivefinishes: My ​passportruns out next month.
(Definition of run out from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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