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“run-down” in English

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uk /ˌrʌnˈdaʊn/ us /ˌrʌnˈdaʊn/

(Definition of “run-down” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“run-down” in American English

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us /ˈrʌnˈdɑʊn/

weak or in bad condition:

an old run-down factory
She was run-down, thin, with no appetite.

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

“run down” in Business English

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run down

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

to gradually end an organization's, industry's, etc. operations:

be run down The country's nuclear industry is being run down.
run sth down The president had promised to run down all military operations in the region.
The farm was a lot of work, but he did not want to let it run down.

to gradually use up a supply of something until it has all gone:

run sth down We've been running down our stock of the old model to make room for the new one.
If you leave it switched on overnight the battery will run down.


also rundown uk /ˌrʌnˈdaʊn/ us

PROPERTY used to describe a building or area that is in poor condition:

a rundown building/hotel/house The office building was rundown, so the rents were low.
a rundown area/neighbourhood/town

run-downnoun [ S ]

also rundown uk us /ˈrʌnˌdaʊn/

a quick description of a situation, idea, etc. that explains the main points:

a rundown of sth The following is a rundown of our most recent deals.
He gave us a run-down of the company's financial situation.

ECONOMICS the process of making a business or industry smaller or of ending its operations completely:

the rundown of sth The region has been battered by the rundown of the coal and steel industries.
The party accuses the Prime Minister of promoting the rundown of manufacturing employment.

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