run (sth) down Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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run (sth) down

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

run (sth) down (REDUCE)

UK to ​reduce a ​business or ​organization in ​size or ​importance, or to ​becomereduced in this way: The ​government is ​secretlyrunning down the ​trooplevels.

run (sth) down (LOSE POWER)

If a ​machine or ​device such as a ​clock or batteryruns down, it ​losespower, 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 ​leaveyourcarlights on.

run sth down

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phrasal verb with run uk   us   /rʌn/ verb (present participle running, past tense ran, past participle run)
If a ​largeshipruns down a ​smaller one, it ​hits it.
(Definition of run (sth) down from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “run (sth) down”
in Chinese (Simplified) 削减, (使)变萎缩, (使)衰减…
in Chinese (Traditional) 削減, (使)變萎縮, (使)衰減…
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