run down

run down
verb
1. trace (Freq. 2)
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We are running down a few tips

Syn: ↑check out
Hypernyms: ↑pursue, ↑follow up on, ↑act on
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

2. move downward (Freq. 2)
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The water ran down

Hypernyms: ↑run, ↑flow, ↑feed, ↑course
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

3. injure or kill by running over, as with a vehicle (Freq. 2)
Syn: ↑run over
Hypernyms: ↑injure, ↑wound
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

4. use up all one's strength and energy and stop working (Freq. 2)
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At the end of the march, I pooped out

Syn: ↑poop out, ↑peter out, ↑run out, ↑conk out
Hypernyms: ↑tire, ↑pall, ↑weary, ↑fatigue, ↑jade
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

5. examine hastily (Freq. 1)
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She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi

Syn: ↑scan, ↑skim, ↑rake, ↑glance over
Derivationally related forms: ↑skim (for: ↑skim), ↑skimming (for: ↑skim)
Hypernyms: ↑examine, ↑see
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

6. deplete
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exhaust one's savings

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We quickly played out our strength

Syn: ↑exhaust, ↑play out, ↑sap, ↑tire
Derivationally related forms: ↑sapper (for: ↑sap), ↑exhaustion (for: ↑exhaust)
Hypernyms:
consume, ↑eat up, ↑use up, ↑eat, ↑deplete, ↑exhaust, ↑run through, ↑wipe out
Verb Group: ↑play out
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

7. pursue until captured
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They ran down the fugitive

Hypernyms:
chase, ↑chase after, ↑trail, ↑tail, ↑tag, ↑give chase, ↑dog, ↑go after, ↑track
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • run down — {v.} (stress on down ) 1. To crash against and knock down or sink. * /Jack rode his bicycle too fast and almost ran down his little brother./ * /It was so foggy that the steamship almost ran down a small boat leaving port./ Compare: RUN INTO(3a) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run down — {v.} (stress on down ) 1. To crash against and knock down or sink. * /Jack rode his bicycle too fast and almost ran down his little brother./ * /It was so foggy that the steamship almost ran down a small boat leaving port./ Compare: RUN INTO(3a) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run-down — ˈrun down adjective PROPERTY a building or area that is run down is in very bad condition: • We have a contract to renovate five run down apartment buildings. * * * Ⅰ. run down UK US (also rundown) /ˌrʌnˈdaʊn/ adjective ► PROPERTY …   Financial and business terms

  • run|down — «RUHN DOWN», noun. Informal. an account; summary: »a rundown of the week s news. The speaker gave a brief rundown on his career. run down «adjective. RUHN DOWN; noun. RUHN DOWN», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. tired; sick: »If you are generally “run… …   Useful english dictionary

  • run-down — adj 1.) a building or area that is run down is in very bad condition ▪ a run down inner city area 2.) [not before noun] someone who is run down is tired and not healthy ▪ You look a bit run down …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • run-down — /run down /, adj. 1. fatigued; weary; exhausted. 2. in a state of poor health: He was in a run down condition from months of overwork. 3. in neglected condition; fallen into disrepair: a run down house. 4. (of a spring operated device) not… …   Universalium

  • run down — (someone/something) 1. to search for and find someone or something. We spend a lot of money each year running down students who are out of school illegally. The software giant spent months running down bugs in the program and fixing them. The… …   New idioms dictionary

  • run-down — adjective 1. ) so tired that you do not feel well: Evie had been working too hard and was feeling run down. 2. ) in bad condition because no one has spent money on repairs: This area of San Francisco is poor and run down …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • run down — (someone) to injure or kill someone with a vehicle. He s accused of running down two pedestrians while driving drunk. She tried to run us down! …   New idioms dictionary

  • run-down — [adj] shabby, in bad shape abandoned, beat up, below par, broken down, crumbling, debilitated, decrepit, derelict, deserted, desolate, dilapidated, dingy, dogeared*, down at the heel*, drained, enervated, exhausted, fatigued, forsaken, frowzy*,… …   New thesaurus

  • run down — ► run down 1) knoc k down with a vehicle. 2) criticize unfairly or unkindly. 3) reduce or become reduced in size or resources. 4) lose or cause to lose power; stop functioning. 5) gradually deteriorate. Main Entry: ↑run …   English terms dictionary

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